• August 19, 2014

Concert in the Barn Summer Chamber Series

By Aaron Cush Solberg, musi­cian and com­poser

About 4 years ago, I was sit­ting with my dear friend, Paul Walter, in an old farm­house nes­tled deep in the woods in upstate New York. As we sipped our iced tea, I turned to him and said, “You see that barn? We should do a con­cert in there.” His response was, “Well we would have to move all the fire­wood.” Me, being an ambi­tious young lad of 16 – well, all right more of a very lazy lad of 16 - I said, “Leave it. It will be more rustic.” And indeed we did. In that old barn, we had con­certs for the next two years with great suc­cess.

About a year ago, a new friend entered my life: Father Alex, a young, newly ordained priest from Switzerland, and newly installed at the ICCC. One evening, after I had done what many would say was the impos­sible - two whole days in com­plete silence - we sat together and I sug­gested a summer con­cert series in their newly fin­ished building and so began the ‘Concert in the Barn Summer Chamber Series.’

The 2014 season began with ‘The Voices of Immigration’, per­formed by The String Quartet of Trouble. It included the world premiere of my string quartet, ‘Silence and Prayer,’ com­posed during my silent retreat. For the second con­cert, Bach Solo Works from High to Low, we chose work per­formed by a trio violin, viola and cello. The third and final con­cert of the series is fast approaching. ‘The Voices of the Baroque and Beyond’ will be per­formed by the The Sagad Trio with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Backofen.

As we pre­pare for that date, we turn our minds to the 2015 season and look for­ward to pre­senting another exciting series at the ICCC. Because on a beau­tiful summer’s after­noon, there is no better place to be than nes­tled deep in the upstate woods sur­rounded by the har­monies of music and the com­pany of friends.

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