To produce free and inexpensive concerts of the highest quality performed in intimate settings;
To promote classical chamber music in Arlington and D.C.;
To develop and nurture an audience of long-time music lovers, musical neophytes, and children;
To cross musical borders and expand the definition of chamber music through creative programming and friendly, informative presentation;
To bring chamber music back into private homes with intimate house concerts:
To promote unfamiliar but worthy compositions;
To commission and perform new works; and
To present an annual program for children that introduces them to the joys of music.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph Scheer, President
Susan Robinson, Vice President
John Sutherland Earle
Andrew Shotwell, Treasurer
Maria DiGiulian, Counsel
Founded by violinist Joseph Scheer (recently retired after 30 years as concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra) and Susan Robinson (principal harp of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra) the IBIS Chamber Music Society is an ensemble of string quartet, flute, harp and piano. Their fine musicians are drawn from the Kennedy Center, National Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras. IBIS prizes musical excellence and imaginative programming. Friendly and informal performances in intimate neighborhood venues encourage many first-time concertgoers to come out and hear great music—the IBIS audience is comprised of sophisticated music lovers and musical neophytes (and kids!) alike. Those audiences are rewarded with a variety of music from Brahms and Debussy to Ellington and Scott Joplin. The Washington Post has praised IBIS concerts as “splendid” and “compelling”, and the St. Petersburg Times appreciated the “refreshing mix of music, well-played and fetchingly presented.”
A community spirited group, IBIS presents a free program for children each season, in some years reaching as many as 800 area kids. IBIS has also participated in fundraising concerts for Japanese tsunami victims, Music Link, an organization that provides music education for underserved children, MusiCorps which rehabilitates veterans through music, and the renovation of their local community center in Lyon Park, Arlington.
Recent IBIS projects include “crossover” concerts with singer/songwriter Dar Williams (a collaboration that sold out 3 concerts in Boston and DC), as well as an original chamber version of Richard Strauss’s opera Capriccio, in collaboration with European diva Wendy Waller. IBIS has devoted programs to women in music and black composers, championed the music of more obscure but wonderful composers and enriched the chamber music repertoire with original arrangements ranging from John Williams’s film scores to George Gershwin to Ravel.