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Finding New Dimensions in Chamber Music

Dolce Suono's repertoire spans a range of works from Baroque to contemporary, for two to 11 musicians, with various combinations of instruments.

Chamber music, played by small ensembles, one player to a part, and without a conductor, is an intimate and engaging art form. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it can also provide insight into history and human emotions.  

For flutist and music historian Mimi Stillman, chamber music is a way to explore important issues "that illuminate how people thought at a given time."

Flutist Mimi Stillman sat down with WRTI's Susan Lewis to talk about chamber music.

Stillman founded the chamber ensemble Dolce Suono in 2005, which has blossomed into a busy repertory style ensemble, with a home series, tour schedule and outreach activities. Its repertoire spans a range of  works from Baroque to contemporary, for two to 11 musicians, with various combinations of instruments. Using historical themes, Dolce Suono has shed light on existing lesser-known works, such as a piece for flute and piano by Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, that was suppressed by the Soviets.

Dolce Suono’s 10th anniversary season begins on Sunday, October 12thwith a 3 pm concert at Curtis Institute of Music's Field Concert Hall, featuring selected works from its first decade, and returning guest artists.

Listen to more of Susan Lewis' interview with Mimi Stillman, founder of Dolce Suono.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.