The Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ Winds of Change concert on Nov. 19 at Kamloops United Church featured a five-person wind ensemble and provided many unexpected delights.
First up, Renaissance music played on early music instruments: two crumhorns, a tambourine and the whole recorder family, including a gigantic bass.
Later in the program, on their more familiar instruments — flute (Janet Watson), oboe (Karen Gibson), clarinet (Lucy Benwell), horn (Edmund House) and bassoon (Cuyler Page) — was a lovely baroque piece by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Haydn’s superb Divertimento No 1 in Bb.
We were then taken through the transition from courtly music to that for the general public — from sea shanties to Irving Berlin and Scott Joplin.
As always in chamber music concerts in Kamloops, there were a host of interesting stories that informed us about instruments and program items. Especially delightful was Edmund House’s demonstration of the origin (in the hunt) and successive changes to the horn.
(“Horn” is the true name of the instrument we often call “French horn.”)
Additionally surprising was an item on the program composed by Neil McKay, who was born in Ashcroft.
Next up for the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops is Collage on Dec. 10. Featured performers will be Catharine Dochstader, Cvetozar Vutev, Laure Matiakh and a guest.
Tickets for both in person and online concerts are available through CMK’s website at chambermusiciansofkamloops.org. Prices range from $15 to $25.