Easy listening and classical aren’t words always found together. But music that’s easy on the ears is the goal of Kassia Music, which will perform as part of the National Music Festival’s RESONANCE series this Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13, at St. Paul’s Parish, Kent, 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd.
“The idea is to play music that everyone can grasp and enjoy from the start. But we’ll put in a few bits of subtlety or complexity for the connoisseur,” said Sam Post, pianist and a founder.
Kassia Music can be sure to add those bits because part of their program will be their original and recent compositions. And here Post clears up another misconception.
“For many people, modern classical means really difficult stuff — experimental, dissonant and atonal,” he said. Not so with Kassia Music, six instrumentalists based in the Washington, D.C. area.
Some of Post’s works, and those of co-leader Bernard Vallandingham, include piano ragtime and simple, folk-like melodies. “Listeners have said our slower sections remind them of traditional English tunes like Scarborough Fair.” There is also a clear preference for happy rhythms in the group’s faster choices.
The concert will take place near a warming fireplace, and complimentary light refreshments will be served at intermission.
The program will include Post’s “Clarinet Quintet on Hebrew-ish Themes.” That doesn’t mean five clarinets but indicates that clarinetist Lauren Geist plays a major role in this number along with the strings of Elizabeth Adams, a National Music Festival violin mentor; Suzanna Mendlow, cello; Adina Vallandingham, violin; Bernard Vallandingham, viola; and Post on piano.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students with ID and children under 14. Click here to purchase single tickets. NMF 2019 Combination Pass holders are guaranteed admission to all of this season’s RESONANCE performances — and all ticketed events of the 2019 National Music Festival, June 2-15.
For more information about the National Music Festival and RESONANCE, visit nationalmusic.us.
Weather note: We are monitoring the possible snowstorm and hoping that it will not affect the concert. However, if it does, we will post any updates on our website and Facebook page.