Some pieces in the first set were transcriptions, like the opening movement of Beethoven’s Pathétique piano sonata scored as a stark and angular string septet and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op. 23, No. 6, as a swinging, swaying Russian dance. And some were originals like Robinson’s Pork ’n’ Beans, a collection of tunes and riffs set to funk syncopations with transitions so tricky the ensemble had to stop once.
But that was OK. Everybody on stage and off laughed—and then the music started again. In some ways, Classical Revolution is just a gussied-up sight reading class, and slipups are bound to occur. But in more significant ways, CR is young musicians having fun—and sharing their fun with the audience.
That audience started out as half a dozen people, but by the end of the first set Silvio’s was nearly full. And not just of listeners: more musicians came too—including two more violists.
Musicians are always welcome to join the Classical Revolution "Chamber Jam," which returns to Silvio’s Organic Pizza on Monday, December 5.
[Originally published in December, 2011.]