Dubois audience begs for more classical music after Sunday concert

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(Dubois, W.Y.) – Judging by a poll conducted during the intermission, the audience for Sunday’s chamber music show in Dubois appreciates the classical music performances and asks for more.

“It made my heart skip a beat!” wrote one.

“Big change from western folk. Great musicians, said another.

Someone else appreciated “the wide variety of music” (ranging from Mozart and Tchaikovsky to Shelley Washington, a living composer born in Kansas City) “and the extraordinary talent of all the musicians”.

Held in the intimate space of the historic Dennison Lodge, the concert featured a string quartet of top national musicians brought to Wyoming by Jackson Hole Chamber Music. For the second year in a row, a local committee of music lovers has won a grant to allow residents of Fremont County to hear highly professional musicians and watch them in concert, up close – without traveling to Jackson to attend at concerts in their September Season.

“The musicians were incredible and so accessible!” said one viewer, perhaps responding to remarks the performers made before each of the pieces.

“I’ve been coming to this valley for 42 years, to play, recreate and savor pie,” laughed fiddler Jennifer Ross, with an insider reference to Cowboy Café. “I know it’s a unique place, with huge diversity, and I’m glad we can contribute to that diversity.”

Before embarking on a duet for violin and viola by Mozart, the two performers briefly discussed the history of their instruments. Violinist Robert Uchida said his instrument was made in 1770 and violist Katherine Murdock added that his viola was made before Mozart was born, making it entirely possible that the duo they were on the point of interpreting was performed during the composer’s lifetime.

Among the 29 spectators who had not attended the first concert of the Dubois series last year, 90% said they enjoyed the show more than they expected. Audience members were unanimous that they would like to return for a similar performance next year.

“Please, no more publicity!” wrote one. “Let’s fill the room next year!”

Jackson Hole Chamber Music’s 2022 performance season continues through next Sunday in Jackson. Dubois Chamber Music, which organizes the Fremont County event, intends to continue in this direction.

You can hear a snippet of Dubois’ performance below.

This year’s concert was supported by grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the NeverSweat Recreation Board and the Opportunity Shop Foundation.

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