Starting Tomorrow: A Classy Distraction


For many of us, the refined instrumental sounds of classical music calms nerves and brightens outlooks. That kind of “medicine” sounds pretty enticing as the COVID-19 pandemic grimly grinds on with no end in sight, doesn’t it?

Starting tomorrow night at 7 p.m., some of the city’s most accomplished classical musicians will present a series of four concerts that run through Sunday afternoon. The short series is a collaboration between the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, the Vocal & Instrumental Teaching Artist (VITA), Academy’s Great Composers Chamber Music Series and the Sacramento Guitar Society.

First up are cellist Susan Lamb Cookviolist Cassandra Lynne Richburg and violinists Dagenais Smiley and Nancy Wu. The string quartet will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Zoltán Kodály.

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At 7 p.m. on Friday, log on to watch Sean O’Connor, Michael Silva and Matthew Grasso of the guitar societyalong with other performers including some from the Davis Guitar Orchestra. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Sacramento Baroque Soloists will perform concertos and sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi.

The series wraps up at 2 p.m. Sunday with young musicians playing chamber works by Beethoven and Giacomo Rossini along with pieces by less-know composers such as Amy Beach, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Reszö Sugár. All four concerts will include “live conversation,” and generous donations (“equivalent to your usual ticket purchase for each performance”) are respectfully encouraged.

Find out more information at the Sacramento Baroque Soloists’ website, where you also can register for any or all of the concerts.