Mon. May 20th, 2024

The New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) will once again run their stunning series of chamber music concerts in October.

Named Homestead Series, the concerts give attendees the opportunity to not only experience some breathtaking classical music, but also to view some of New England’s finest homesteads and their surrounding gardens.

This year will feature three uniquely different concerts, each at a different location, with music themes chosen to complement each location.

Corinne Arter, Co-CEO of NECOM says, “Chamber music was written to be performed in intimate and personal spaces and the stately sitting rooms of the three homesteads are ideal for this. These venues are not open to the public so it’s a special opportunity to visit their gardens in springtime bloom and to have an exclusive look inside.”

The series will kick off on Sunday 22nd of October at the iconic early 1900s homestead, Chevy Chase at Dangarsleigh.

This first concert is “Curated in the spirit of a parlour concert, this performance … in the grand dining room of the homestead will feature Baroque and Classical music by Mozart, the Bach family, and a selection of Handel’s stunning German songs,” says the official media release.

The second concert will be held on Sunday the 29th of October at another of the region’s grand old homesteads, this time finding its home in Eathorpe in Armidale. Eathorpe is one of the earliest farms in the Armidale area, with the land first being purchased in 1863.

Eathorpe will play host to a string quartet and this time the musicians will follow a story of classical rivalries. “From the rivalry of Mozart and Salieri to the competition between Beethoven and Hummel, experience the gripping narratives that fueled these artistic conflicts as our quartet brings these historic feuds to life,” says NECOM.

The final concert will present a more modern narrative, both in location and musical selection. Held at stunning contemporary 2016 homestead Ramspeck in Wongwibinda, this concert will be performed by the Armidale Electric Orchestra, accompanied by a string quartet.

“This collection of music is a musical journey through traditional Scandinavian folk songs and dances with a twist,” says NECOM.

Tickets for all three concerts have just gone on sale to the public with each concert costing $75 including refreshments.

All proceeds from the performances will go towards NECOM’s outreach school programs. These programs are designed to aid students in remote locations gain access and support for musical education.

For more information about NECOM, and the Homestead Series, visit their website or Facebook page.

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