Being blue is feeling good, if you are at the Blue Candlelight Music Series, chamber music performances performed at the Baron House in North Dallas.
The first concert is on Monday, Oct. 25, and will feature Dallas Symphony Senior Associate Concertmaster Gary Levinson, with cellist Ko Iwasaki and pianist Yurie Iwasaki, performing works by Brahms.
Ko Iwasaki was just heard in Dallas at the International Chamber Music concert. Yurie, his wife, is a fine pianist who has also impressed in local performances. Last November, Levinson gave a knockout performance with the Dallas Symphony of Vieuxtemp’s Violin Concerto No 5, which was reviewed here.
Even though this chamber music series is eight years old, not many classical music fans have heard about it. Still, most concerts sell out.
It was started by Lisa Blue, wife of lawyer Fred Baron, to bring professional music into their house. Baron died in 2008 from cancer, which made headlines because he was active in the political arena.
Now, this is not just some house. It’s a mansion in Preston Hollow that looks like a country club when you first drive up. There are two swimming pools (one inside and one outside), a billiard room and a formal library, for starters. The house even has its own website.
“The acoustics in the Baron house are superb for chamber music,” Levinson says. “The players are on a riser, so the sightlines are excellent.”
Music in royal or famous homes used to be the way that most folks heard chamber music. These “salon” concerts would feature composers and their music, even the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. Concerts in grand homes fell out of favor with the proliferation of small concert halls, but there is still no better way to interact directly with musicmakers.
“A salon concert is interactive,” Levinson says. “We talk to the audience about what we are going to play and we visit with them afterwards. When you add in the cocktail and hors d’oeuvres beforehand, you have quite an evening. Baya Kakouberi is the artistic director and she has programmed an excellent series of concerts for our new season.”
All concerts start at 7 p.m. with a reception, and the music begins at 7:30. The first concert is on October 25. On Nov. 19, the series brings in the highly praised St. Petersburg String Quartet. Other concerts will be on Jan. 17, Feb. 18 and April 20.
The second concert will not be at the Baron house but will take place at the House at Preston Hollow. Tickets are $50 and the series is $225 (prices include the reception).
For more information, visit www.bluecandlelight.org.