Outlaw country revitalized the Nashville establishment back in the day: Think of Nashvilles upstart chamber ensemble as outlaw classical, finding composers whose work is seldom performed locally and bringing them to an audience more inclined toward The Raconteurs than Rachmaninoff. Led by artistic director Zeneba Bowers, a veteran NSO violinist who takes up her role as cultural ambassador with witty aplomb, Alias seventh season launches its ambitious Emerging Voices series, a two-year project devoted to the work of women composers from the Baroque Era to the present. Thursdays bill includes Michigan-born composer Margaret Brouwers Crosswinds, a dynamic workout for string quartet that surges toward a climactic movement of near-Appalachian lustiness, and the late Vivian Fines Sonatina for oboe and piano. The evening also features Andre Previns Four Songs for violin, cello and piano and Francks Sonata for violin and piano in A minor. Guest artists Leah Bowes, Susan Brown, Jennifer Coleman, Rebecca Dorcy, Keiko Nagayoshi and Melissa Rose lend their talents.
Thu., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 2008