Israeli Chamber Project
Younger chamber music players are an inspiring bunch. They'll try anything, and since these groups have chops to spare, they usually succeed wildly. The Israeli Chamber Project, presented this weekend by San Francisco State University's Morrison Artists' Series, is an example of this diversity.
Best described as a string trio-plus, they'll be performing Bohuslav Martinu's Chamber Music No. 1, one of the last pieces the composer finished before his death, and certainly deserving of wider notice.
If that's not enough, there a premiere by fellow Israeli Amit Gilutz and Bela Bartók's delightful Contrasts, a Beethoven trio (not the ones you'd expect) and one of Camille Saint-Saëns' last works, the Fantasy for Harp and Violin, Op. 124. As ambitious as the program is, I'd bet they nail the whole thing.