Groundbreaking Originals


Friday, June 21    
11:00 AM

Event Type

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Groundbreaking Originals

Friday, June 21 | 11:00 a.m.

Temple Beth El
Sponsored by Beverly Baker & Dr. Edward Treisman

Artists | Alessio Bax, Paul Watkins, Amnis Piano Quartet, Hesper Quartet

HAYDN String Quartet in A major, Op. 20, No. 6
RIVERA Grimoire: Laplace’s Demon (WORLD PREMIERE)
Co-commissioned by Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and the Seattle Chamber Music Society
BEETHOVEN Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F major, Op.5, No.1

Followed by a Lunch and Learn with visual artist Sabrina Nelson. (Included with concert ticket)

Breaking ground in music, much like in the construction of art, requires different approaches for each unique situation, as seen in the diverse methods of Haydn, Beethoven, and Kyle Rivera. Haydn’s Opus 20 revolutionized the string quartet by playing within and subtly altering established forms, introducing intellectual play and harmonic fluidity. In contrast, Beethoven’s Opus 5 cello sonatas disrupted traditional roles, creating a balanced partnership between instruments and redefining sonata form. Contemporary composer Kyle Rivera, inspired by visual art and scientific determinism, creates music that transcends traditional structures, embodying cultural and philosophical explorations. Each of these artists exemplifies how innovation emerges from the mastery and transformation of existing forms, emphasizing individuality and the breaking of conventions to forge new creative paths.
Following the concert, artist Sabrina Nelson offers a complementary perspective on innovation in art. Her work explores the connection between spirit, motion, and intimacy in healing, influenced by Yoruba religion and Eastern and African philosophies. Nelson uses painting, sculpture, performance, and installations to transcend traditional boundaries. With over 35 years of experience, she teaches at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the College for Creative Studies, emphasizing that art is a tool for healing and transformation. Her artwork “Sound Medicine” is the focal art for this year’s Festival.  The cello, covered in Nelson’s marks, invites viewers to reflect on their power and community’s strength for healing, similar to how each musical note or artistic stroke fosters connections and change. Nelson’s art, like groundbreaking music, shows that true innovation and healing come from within.
Doors Open: 10:30 AM Starts: 11:00 AM Ends: 1:00 PM