Teaching Oboe and… Baseball

Humbert Lucarelli has had a storied career as an oboist and oboe teacher, both at the Hartt School of Music and at Norfolk. He shares some of his teaching tips and how playing the oboe is related to baseball. Humbert “Bert” Lucarelli’s long career started not with a particular musical moment or influential teacher but […]

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It Takes a Village to Make This Festival Happen

Hosting Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Fellows is an integral part of the program’s success and the Fellows’ experience. We talk to two long-time hosts about why they open their home year after year. Most people who come to a Norfolk Chamber Music Festival performance understand that the Festival doesn’t just “happen,” that it takes a […]

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Melvin Chen on the Summer of 2018

It may still be frosty and cold in Connecticut, but Director Melvin Chen is already thinking about summer breezes and what’s going to happen at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for the summer of 2018. By just about any measurement, Chen’s inaugural season as Director was a rousing success. Last summer he expanded the performance opportunities […]

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Forming Friendships While Playing Music

Violist Grace Takeda (Norfolk ’17) learned more than simply how to play outstanding chamber music at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She also made lifelong friendships.

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Michiko Theurer: Attending Norfolk as an Individual Fellow

Michiko Theurer (Norfolk ’17) was one of eight individual string Fellows chosen to attend the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session. She discusses her experience.

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How Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Helped Us Win an Award

The Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) credits attending the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session with helping them win the 2016 Banff International String Quartet competition. Cellist Jonathan Lo explains why.

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Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) On How The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Informed Her Life

It’s been over a decade since Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Chamber Music Session, and she’s still close to the quintet she played with that summer. Not bad for a group that was randomly formed by the Eastman School of Music faculty when they were freshman. They called themselves Destino Winds. […]

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Pianist Ilya Poletaev On The Art Of Listening

By Janet Reynolds Pianist Ilya Poletaev is a musical triple threat, as at home on the piano keyboard as he is on that of the organ or harpsichord. He’s also a master of many musical tasks and styles. While many musicians focus on orchestral careers or perhaps that of a soloist, Poletaev literally has his […]

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Violinist Jennifer Frautschi

By Janet Reynolds This summer may mark violinist Jennifer Frautschi’s first visit to Norfolk, but it’s also is a reunion with her long-time friend, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Director Melvin Chen.“I’ve known Melvin since he was a teen from the Aspen Music Festival,” she says. “I started attending when I was 12, and Melvin and his […]

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Violinist Harumi Rhodes’ First Visit to Norfolk

By Janet Reynolds This summer may mark violinist Harumi Rhodes’ first visit to Norfolk, but in another way it’s a return to her past. She and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Director Melvin Chen are close friends, who have played together in chamber music ensembles before. The music Rhodes will be performing is a return to […]

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