Hi Everyone! Andrea here!
So besides doing awesome stuff here at Wrapunzel, most of you are aware that I’m also a professional cellist. I often recieve messages from you Wrapunzel ladies asking when/where I’m going to be performing and I’m what up to in terms of music, so I’m really excited to share here something we’ve been working on for a while now that has finally come to fruition!
My husband and I are often asked, “Why would you young people, with so much to give, devote your lives to a dying art?” And our answer is simple, “Who says it’s dying?” We believe that music is the universal language, the vessel that connects this world to the world above. It opens up places within us that words (and even scarves!) fail to penetrate. What is ‘dying’ is the elitist presentation of classical music; our audiences are desperate to connect, and we, the musicians, have a responsibility to take you through an expedition that transcends the physical and penetrates the soul. Simply hitting the right notes (no matter how impressive) and playing expressively isn’t enough anymore. In short, it is our dream that our audiences experience the same joy and elevation that we as professional musicians feel when we play and listen. My husband especially has a rare gift of being able to speak words that allow audience members to go on a guided journey, instead of feeling like they’re on their own in the murkiness.
We started this concert series called Chamber Encounters. The main musicians in it are myself, my husband, and violist, Sarah Lowenstein. We are bringing in guest artists from all over the world to join us and are engaging with our audience in a way that breaks down the museum glass wall that so many concerts seem to have. Music becomes alive, and performances are a once in a lifetime experience between us, the musicians, and the audience.
Anyway, I digress. I could talk about this stuff for ages!
We had an amazing photoshoot for our group, and our first concert is going to be on November 24th, presented by the Gordon Center here in Maryland. We are playing INCREDIBLE music! Two of these pieces are on my bucket list to play in this lifetime. I have no words. Barber Adagio for Strings. The Borodin.
Let me know if you want to hear more about this! (And here are some more photos!)