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Biber Sonatas: Be Brave, My Beauty
Middle Way House benefit brings renowned violinists to perform Biber Mystery Sonatas
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--The Bloomington Early Music Festival will present “Biber Sonatas: Be Brave, My Beauty” at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 28, at Fairview United Methodist Church, 600 West 6th St. This rare performance of the complete cycle of Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas for violin will benefit Middle Way House, a domestic violence victim services program and rape crisis center in Bloomington. This event is supported by the IU Jacobs School of Music, WFIU, and the generous gift of Ted Jones in honor of Marcia Bush-Jones.
Biber composed his Mystery Sonatas in the 17th century employing a technique called scordatura that requires unusual tunings of the violin strings. These innovative pieces will be performed by a vibrant group of local and visiting violin soloists including Ingrid Matthews, Rachel Barton Pine, Dana Maiben, Julia Wedman, Gesa Kordes, Edith Hines, Janelle Davis, Valerie Gordon, Alice Culin-Ellison, and Valerie Weber. For more information, including a complete list of artists and performers, visit www.blemf.org.
General admission tickets are $50, and second tier seating is $15.
Concurrent with the concert, Jennifer Mujezinovic is organizing an exhibit of original works by local visual artists—works that are inspired by Biber’s music, the person of Mary, and other themes pertinent to the lives of women. Admission is free, and displayed art pieces will be available for sale, a portion of which will be donated to Middle Way House. The exhibit will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church, Aldersgate Hall.
- Fairview United Methodist Church
- 600 West 6th Street
In the tradition of the United Methodist Church, Fairview United Methodist Church celebrates "open hearts, open minds, open doors." Fairview's history covers more than one hundred years of Christian service to the people of Bloomington, Monroe County, and beyond. Established at its current location in 1925, Fairview's sanctuary features opera seats to accommodate 480 people and a Pilcher pipe organ.