Musicians bring chamber music to the community
The founders of the Black Hills Chamber Music Society have been bringing chamber music to the community through concert, community outreach and collaborations for over 58 years. They kicked off the 2022-23 season with a violin and piano concert featuring Maya Anjali Buchanan from Rapid City and Evan Solomon, originally from Ohio, both top professional chamber musicians.
One of the goals of the Chamber is to expose people of all walks of life to chamber music.
Evan Solomon, Pianist
“There’s always just sort of a certain built-in audience for classical music. But it’s important to reach out to different kinds of audiences, people who don’t have the exposure normally to this type of music, because I think once exposed to that, they might really enjoy it. And so a sort of a sort of proselytizing and trying to, you know, you know, look for converts to the wonders of this kind of music is a very important part of our job and our profession.”
Maya Anjali Buchanan, Violinist
“I think it’s important to engage in the community just because it makes people’s lives better. Like, simply just because it is helpful to people, you know, like there is no, there doesn’t need to be any other reason other than just bringing people joy. And I think by helping educate younger kids in music and, you know, showing them, bringing it to them is helpful just because then they’ll grow up with a greater appreciation with music, which I think will enrich their lives.”
Michael Hill, Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills Executive Director
“Rapid City has got phenomenal music programs. Always have. And so we’re reaching out to the kids. They’re going to come to the concert. We’re going to open up a discussion for the kids. Afterwards, they get to ask her questions directly. They’re going to talk about college and career opportunities, as Maya spoke about, as to what her violin has done for her life and how it is allowed travel. And you and I will discuss the importance of music in regards to the young children, brain development, cognitive skills, higher academic skills. These are all things that the local teachers and the local parents know and just kind of encourage that and create that as an opportunity.”
Click here for more information on the concert series.