ChamberFest Brown County is a brand new chamber music festival that seeks to bridge divides in rural Indiana. ChambererFest Brown County runs from August 17-22, 2021, in Nashville, Indiana. The festival will feature world-class artists performing in a variety of styles and configurations throughout Nashville. Artistic Director Dr. Andreas Ioannides said, “The ultimate goal of ChamberFest is to fill a void that is felt in both personal and social dimensions in the community. …It is important to offer opportunities to engage in the arts as a means to bridge divides and create a common space for communication and understanding.”
Educational and civic organizations in the region have collaborated to create ChamberFest Brown County. Dr. Futaba Niekawa, festival secretary and faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, said, “We are seeking to sound a call, that when one might think it is least needed for music to initiate introspection, empathy, and community, is when, in fact, it is most needed.”
The inaugural year of ChamberFest Brown County will center on the artistic legacy of Beethoven, performed by an impressive roster of artists and include interdisciplinary events.
Cellist Gabriel Martins, winner of the prestigious Concert Artist Guild and Sphinx Competition, will be performing with violinist Madalyn Parnas Moller and pianist Andreas Ioannides in a program entitled “Musical Royalty: Beethoven’s Archduke Trio” on Tuesday, August 17. On Thursday, August 19, the Fry Street Quartet will present – “Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project” Cinematic event that meaningfully addresses the looming Climate Crisis. The Fry Street Quartet will be on stage again on Friday, August 20, playing the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Andreas Ioannides on piano. The Pacifica Quartet will play on Saturday, August 21. The festival finishes on Sunday, August 22, with Baritone Bruno Sandes and pianist Aleksey Artemyev.
A complete list of events for ChamberFest Brown County 2021 is below, along with information for venues. As a gesture of inclusiveness, most events are open to the public with a suggested donation only.
- Tuesday, August 17 – 7 pm: “Musical Royalty: Beethoven’s Archduke Trio” – Andreas Ioannides, piano; Madalyn Parnas Möller, violin; Gabriel Martins, cello – Nashville United Methodist Church, Aleksey Artemyev. Tickets are available here. A complete list of events for ChamberFest Brown County 2021 is below along with information for venues. As a gesture of inclusiveness most events are open to the public with a suggested donation only.
- Wednesday, August 18 – 7 pm: “Beethoven in Paris” – Futaba Niekawa, piano; Volante Winds – Nashville United Methodist Church
- Thursday, August 19 – 7 pm: “Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project” – Cinematic Performance – Brown County High School Auditorium
- Friday, August 20 – 7 pm: “The Dvorak Piano Quintet” – Fry Street Quartet; Andreas Ioannides, piano – Nashville United Methodist Church
- Saturday, August 21 – 4 pm: “Caring for Beethoven” – A lecture by Dr. Roman Ivanovitch – Brown County History Center
- Saturday, August 21 – 7 pm: Pacifica Quartet – Brown County Playhouse – Program TBA
- Sunday, August 22 – 3 pm: “Songs from Europe and the New World” – Bruno Sandes, baritone; Aleksey Artemyev, piano – Nashville United Methodist Church
Tickets are now available for all ChamberFest Brown County events at the festival’s website: http://www.chamberfestbrowncounty.com. To be as inclusive as possible, most festival events are open to the public with optional donations.
Press Contact: Andreas Ioannides, Artistic Director
Phone: (513) 652-6506
Special thanks to Andreas Ioannides of ChamberFest Brown County for providing the content for this article.