Wow! Last night I went to my first IBIS concert at LPCC. I was expecting a 'folksy' family neighborhood gathering and was I ever surprised to find an absolutely first-rate concert for grown-ups in the cozy confines of my own 'backyard.' What a delightful evening this was!
They say fish is "brain food". IBIS's "Trout" yesterday was food for the brain and the heart: technical excellence in service to the MUSIC!
It really was an eclectic program - and all very pleasant and interesting. It was nice to be up close to the performers and instruments. Off the beaten path for a classical concert!
I was glad to be there Sunday to hear that amazing program. I was surprised to hear how modern and innovative the music was that was written by the women. They seemed to be way ahead of their time.
I'm happy to invoke the cliche that says, "Best kept secret in Washington, D.C.," because IBIS Chamber Music is such a delightful and talented neighborhood ensemble just across the river in Clarendon.
The Shostakovich was a real revelation as I had never heard his music before. What emotion and drama!
My 2nd grade daughter told me all about the concert and said the music was so beautiful. She said the 2nd song was soft and so pretty that it made her back feel like I was tickling it – goosebumps, as I interpreted it. I was so touched that she really felt your music. Thank you for sharing with the students!
T. R. (10 years old)
The music, as always, was wonderful, provocative, and unexpected.
Thank you for doing this. It is obviously a labor of love which shines through in the music.
I come to many of the IBIS events because I am fascinated by your discussion of the music and the history of the music. I love Joe's enthusiasm and I find it wonderful to see you two interact on the stage.
It was one of the most exciting, engaging, exquisitely performed concerts I've ever been privileged to attend...the exceedingly difficult Mendelssohn "Octet for Strings" was breathtaking! Quoting Mark Twain here: "Postpone all other recreation to attend!"
Cool piece: the first I've ever heard a harp sound muscular. Beautiful and mind-opening music -- selections and performance -- and the always witty and informative introductions that helped us make the most of it all.
I just got home from attending the Debussy concert and feel transported from the music. Thank you so much.