Tennessean arts writer Alan Bostick profiles a performance by the Belmont Camerata Muscale in this piece that ran Sunday.
When it comes to the Belmont Camerata Musicale, there are a few things fans of the group know they can count on. First of all, they’re aware that artistic director and violinist Elisabeth Small will fashion a challenging, imaginative program that steers clear of the ordinary. Second, the players, typically Belmont faculty members and their guests, will offer a committed, practiced reading. And third, the setting, usually the elegant confines of Belmont Mansion, will only add to the experience.
Small and the Camerata are back in action tomorrow night, and the only thing that’s different this time is the venue. The one deviation from the winning formula is that tomorrow’s concert will take place not in the mansion but in the adjacent Massey Auditorium, deemed more appropriate for this particular program.
”We can’t fit in the mansion this time, for one thing, and the decibel levels would break the glass,” Small says.
That’s because the program, provocatively titled Out of Bounds, promises to be just that. It features several items, from Jimi Hendrix to Calypso music, that reveal how far classically oriented instruments and players can stretch.