INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Chamber Music Society began presenting free chamber music concerts 38 years ago in Incline Village. The nonprofit organization opens its 2012 season at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, with a new artistic director and a new tradition: a new piece of music commissioned by the festival and written by composer Phil Popham.
The piece will have its world premiere and be played by the first guest of the season, the Los Angeles-based Helix Collective, with composer Phil Popham and the festival’s artistic director, Eileen Brownell, taking the stage together. The patriotic program fits the Fourth of July week festivities perfectly, as it exclusively features American composers.
“Since I was writing the piece for TCMS, I figured it should be about the area,” Popham said. “I enjoy creating works with a personal connection to the audience, presenters, and performers. After all, that’s why we communicate through music.”
The piece is a multi-movement suite titled, “The Biggest Little Dances.
“It is written for Helix Collective (flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, and piano) with a specially written cello part for Eileen. When asked to compose the work, I insisted she perform in the piece,” Popham said. “Playing upon the nickname of Reno, I asked myself, ‘How can I get the most allusion about northwest Nevada into a succinct set of dances?’ Each movement contains allusions to writings by Nevada authors and poets and also connects to a specific and unique experience of living in the region today. These will be presented in the performance. This piece is a celebration of the Tahoe area and people.”
Popham, The Helix Collective and Brownell will be present at the Red, White and Tahoe Blue Community Fair on Saturday, July 7, at the Village Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group will be at the Tahoe Chamber Music Society table selling and signing CDs and performing on the stage between noon and 1 p.m.
There will also be recordings by the upcoming artists available for purchase at the booth.
Tahoe Chamber Music Society will hold five more concerts each Sunday following the Helix event.
All concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd.