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Review: Triple Clef a terrific time in Kamloops

The concert is available for viewing until March 5 on the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops website, chambermusiciansofkamloops.org for $15
CMK Triple Clef
Triple Clef consists of Naomi Cloutier on piano, Annette Dominik on viola and Sally Arai on clarinet.

Never pass up an opportunity to hear live music.

Whether it is at the Blue Grotto, The Effie or jamming with friends, it can perk you up. Nothing can compare to musicians bouncing off each other, whether spontaneously or while adhering to a carefully written score.

A prime example — the vibes from the vigorously played instruments at this past weekend’s Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ (CMK) Triple Clef Presents

concert.

Triple Clef consists of Naomi Cloutier on piano, Annette Dominik on viola and Sally Arai on clarinet — offering an intriguing program. Two of the works were by Canadian composers and one of those hones his talents in Kamloops.

The local, Ryan Noakes, wrote his Presents for this trio. The understanding of the instruments was remarkable.

How did he know how to do that as a singer and, sometimes, as a trumpet player?

By knowing their sound is his answer. Noakes explained that the clarinet and viola can be interchanged. For most of us, though, it’s all mystery.

The other Canadian composer was Marjan Mozetich, for many years on staff at Queen’s University and now a freelance composer. Kamloops Symphony Orchestra (KSO) patrons might remember his Postcards from the Sky.

Mozetich’s piece, Trio in Jest, may have been inspired by Rossini, but it’s a 21st-century work. KSO program notes say his musical style blends the modern with the more classical Romantic tendencies of melodic and poetic.

He captured Rossini’s speed — often racing, even rampaging, music alternated with brief bits of light and playful.

He incorporated powerful plucking on the viola strings and the most amazing electric guitar sound from the clarinet.

Vibes, indeed.

The concert is available for viewing until March 5 on the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops website, chambermusiciansofkamloops.org for $15.

Next up for the CMK is a virtual concert featuring Chilean pianist Daniel Bahamondes, who will present European and South American composers.

It will be online on March 26.