Musicians arrived on January 21st to prepare for the Dream On season which was the first full festival since the ClefWorks Premiere Season in August 2007. The festival opened on Thursday evening, January 29, with the engaging sounds of the “Dance and Romance” concert at 129 Coosa. Concergoers were immersed in the heart-rending melodies and pulse-racing rhythms of Astor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango, Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47, John Adams’ Habanera, Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, and Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances while soaking up the intimate atmosphere of 129 Coosa.
Local elementary aged children enjoyed sample music styles ranging from bluegrass to jazz to ragtime to international folk at the ClefWorks Children’s Concert on Saturday morning, January 31, at First Baptist Church of Montgomery. Everyone discovered the variety and excitement of live musical performance and learned the differences between a tango and a waltz and the similarities shared by a violin and a fiddle. The talented ClefWorks musicians walked their audience through the unique histories and special features of pieces by Scott Joplin, William Kroll, John Adams, Joaquin Turina and Dawn Wooderson and explained how these composers sometimes inspired or required the modification of musical instruments. Concertgoers also enjoyed viewing the colorful and creative entries of the inaugural ClefWorks Children’s Art Contest, whose winners were revealed during the concert. This concert was made possible by ClefWorks and its community partner, The Junior League of Montgomery.
The final concert of the Dream On season, “Celebrate Montgomery”, was performed on Saturday night, January 31, at 129 Coosa. Listeners’ civic pride was inspired by the fascinating rhythms of George Gershwin, the viscerally powerful tones of Dvorak, and the world premiere of 2008 ClefWorks Composition Competition Winner Scott Robbins’ “Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1999/2008).” Concertgoers explored with ears, eyes, mind, AND feet Montgomery’s storied past and newly-revitalized present while enjoying the casual atmosphere with Chris’ famous hotdogs, popcorn, peanuts and Coca-Cola. With its winning combination of historical landmark and modern party place, 129 Coosa provided the perfect address for this exciting exploration and celebration of our city’s yesterdays and tomorrows.