Opus Nine to make Baltimore debut on Saturday
You've got to admire an ensemble that is "dedicated to approaching the most challenging and exciting concert repertoire with new ideas, dramatic modern contrasts, and passionate exuberance." Not to mention one that is "masterfully trained, prodigious, and ethnically diverse." And whose members are all "under the age of thirty and fresh from the heat of the top academies in America." And which says that you should "expect the unexpected, expect more from a thrilling NEW ERA in classical performance!"
Welcome to Opus Nine, which ...
With a core of 16 -- strings, winds, piano and vocalists -- Opus Nine offers a good example of how music students and recent conservatory grads are making their own way, creating their own opportunities in a world where jobs are not exactly plentiful. (Remind me to find out why a 16-member group is called Opus Nine.)
The attractive Baltimore program offers a flute quartet by Mozart, Schubert's The Shepherd on the Rock, songs by Ravel and H.T. Burleigh, Mendelssohn's Octet, and more.