You can always count on the Alias Chamber Ensemble for innovative classical programming; founder and artistic director Zeneba Bowers points out that the group's Thursday concert features more women composers than men, and more living composers than dead. The group deploys authentic Baroque instruments for two selections the 1690 motet Cari Musici by Benedictine nun Bianca Maria Meda and Belinda Reynolds' 2006 Envision, scored for Baroque string quartet. California-based composer/performer Deborah Kavasch joins the group to sing her The Fox and the Grapes. String quartets from Anton Arensky and Peter Schickele round out the program. Though Schickele is most widely known for his character P.D.Q. Bach, his 1983 American Dreams is not comedic but lyrical and folk-inspired. Arensky's 1895 quartet uses two cellos instead of two violins, making it an apt choice for Alias' cellist-rich roster. All proceeds benefit the Exchange Club Family Center, a local organization working to prevent child abuse.
Thu., Feb. 11, 8 p.m., 2010