This year’s edition of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival – its 17th – could be nicknamed “what is old is new again.” After a brief experiment with a different format, this year’s iteration will return to a familiar 12-day series format. It will be highlighted by five Mimir Artists’ concerts, to be paired with two special edition events spotlighting Mimir Emerging Artists’ concerts.
One of the standard features of any Mimir Chamber Music Festival, which was first founded in 1998, is its ability to attract a stellar cast of recording artists, some of them packing Grammy Award nominations. This year’s crop has been plucked from any number of top notch sources including the Cavani String Quartet, the Chicago and Houston Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. Other sources, of a more academic nature, are equally first-rate and include the University of Melbourne Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the USC Thornton School of Music.
Those lucky enough to make it into Mimir’s Emerging Artists program will be on the receiving end of daily instruction, will have the opportunity to offer their music in public master classes, and then be able to play full-length performances.
Some of the music planned for this year’s program will include J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Antonin Dvorak’s cello String Quartet in A-flat major,Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat major, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat major.
Underscoring the new global profile of Mimir, this year’s festival will also celebrate the second straight season of the parallel Mimir Chamber Music Festival at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. To run September 1-7, this Festival, taking place in Melbourne, Australia, will again set up a sponsorship where five artists taken from the Texas festival will present special shows – this time for Australian audiences. This Australian branch of Fort Worth’s Mimir is funded almost entirely by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and will attempt to replicate the resounding success of its debut season last year.
Details: Mimir Chamber Music Festival, through July 11. Hosted by TCU School of Music. Concerts given at the Walsh Center for Performing Arts in the PepsiCo Recital Hall, on the campus of TCU. More information: 817-257-5443; www.mimirfestival.org.