As Deborah Sobol recognizes the birthdates of two eminent chamber music composers- Mozart and Schubert- we at Rush Hour consider the “Schubertiade” concept and how it resonates with the Rush Hour experience. In modern Europe, it is fairly common to hear of Schubertiades, or series that celebrate specifically the music of Schubert, generally in a modified chamber music setting. The most famous Schubertiade is one that runs practically year round in Austria. The term “Schubertiade” was actually coined by Schubert’s friends, who used to get together to read through his vocal works and chamber music at informal house parties. Modern presenters have translated this intimate party into intimate chamber music series. In Schwarzenberg, Austria, the largest Schubertiade festival started in the early 1970s with a limited number of concerts and has grown into 70 annual events with over 30,000 visitors.
What does Rush Hour have in common with this behemoth? Intent, for one thing. Reading through visitor reviews of this massive Schubertiade, I’m struck with consistent references to nature, the humanities, and hospitality. These are all aspects of the Rush Hour experience- an emphasis on the atmosphere and community surrounding the music that we present.
As plugged in as I am to technology, television, my cell phone and all of the “necessary evils” of this time in history, I know that within our reach are profound and meaningful experiences that have nothing to do with YouTube and Facebook. All I have to do is think back to Rush Hour last summer. While you’re waiting for June, why not invite a group of friends over, open some wine and stand around the piano, play a board game, or have a conversation about a book? Talk about things that inspire your soul, have some good food and wine… and then come tell us about it in June.
– Megan Balderston