Norfolk Chamber Music Festival – Music From Troubled Times

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival opens its summer 2021 season with a world premiere by composer/activist Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Friday, July 9 at 7:30 pm

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The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival has commissioned Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) for the inaugural composition of the Festival’s new multi-year Musical Bridges project, in which the Festival will commission new works that place classical chamber music within a broader musical and cultural context. DBR’s work Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna, a piece for two singers and piano quintet, is inspired by the killing of Philando Castile in St. Paul, MN.

DBR is an acclaimed composer, violinist, educator, and activist whose work combines his traditional training with his own cultural references and musical imagination. “As a Black, Haitian-American composer, I am wanting to create a work in process and partnership with the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, listening and responding to the urgent needs of our communities. Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna is a work … that will seek to musically respond to the confrontations and conversations that have happened, and are, happening between Black men, people of color, law enforcement, and an undefined civic morality.”


KLEIN String Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor

ROUMAIN Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna** (world premiere)


Brandie Sutton soprano

Terrence Chin-Loy tenor

Abeo Quartet

Masha Lakisova* violin

Gregory Lewis* violin

Bethany Hargreaves* viola

Peter Eom* cello

Macintyre Taback* cello

Boris Berman piano

Melvin Chen piano


* Norfolk Festival Fellows

** Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna is part of the Festival’s Musical Bridges project made possible through the generous support of the Desai Family Foundation.


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