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The Space Between the Notes - XXIX

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“When people come to play [and listen to] music as they do to play bridge, civilization will have taken the longest stride forward since the beginning of time.” – Jascha Heifetz

Wednesday, 9 November 2022, 18:30
Gwendolyn’s Bridge Club at Villa Stucki, Seftigenstrasse 11, 3007 Bern

November marks the last of this year’s Bridge Club events. Inspired by the Parisian salons of Marcel Proust and the intimate gatherings that Frédéric Chopin preferred to the vastness of a large concert hall, Gwendolyn’s Bridge Club offers the opportunity for active cultural participation and encourages exchange between audience members, and the artists themselves. We overcome the divide between artist and audience and welcome the ensuing conversation.

Gwendolyn Masin & Jiska Lambrecht – Violins
Martin Moriarty – Viola
Tommaso Verlinghieri & Sandro Meszaros - Cellos
Clíodhna Ní Aodáin – Celtic Cello

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Historically, “les salons"—social gatherings of prominent, intellectually minded people—were rooted in Italy’s salones. Seventeenth and eighteenth-century France, however, deserves credit for building its cultural cachet. In salons, Parisian men and women from the literary establishment, along with philosophers and luminaries from the worlds of art, music and politics, would meet to discuss the latest news and exchange ideas and gossip. Women were the cornerstones of les salons, funneling fresh social and political ideas into a nation where men dominated public life, held bias against women and until 1944 denied women the right to vote.

On 9 November, the topic of our Bridge Club evening, “Folksongs” foreshadows GAIA Music Festival’s 2023 theme. Considering the influence of folk music and art on classical music, literature, fine arts and politics, we have invited Jörg Scheller, art historian at the Zurich University of the Arts, journalist and musician to host the evening and lead us in conversation.
Master students of the ZHdK will, together with Gwendolyn, perform Alexander Glazunov’s string quintet which draws on folk music.
The evening’s culinary treat features a tavolata and wines from Domaines Chevaliers.

Tickets for the event are now available. Perhaps it’s the mid-week beguilement you were looking for—to meet new friends and enjoy a relaxed evening—or it’s the present you give someone as a pre-Christmas surprise. In any case, you will be supporting the arts and artists through your involvement. We thank you kindly for your encouragement and look forward to your participation!

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Music, Poetry, Satire
Saturday, 19 November 2022, 18:00

Oli Kehrli - Chansonnier & Gwendolyn Masin - Violinist
Lisa Catena - Satirist
Remo Zumstein - Poetry Slam Artist
Pedro Lenz - Writer

Chansonnier Oli Kehrli cordially invites you and four artists to the first Kulturhöck im Klee. An evening full of insights into human existence awaits you. In addition to mosaic-like performances that reveal the world of each individual artist, all five will immerse themselves in a round of talks together with the audience. They will wrestle with questions that no journalist would ask... perhaps you will dare?

Duration: 120 min. with 30 min. break.
The museum café is open during the interval and after the event.

CHF 40
CHF 25 children, students up to 25 years of age

Advance booking / Tel 0900 585 887 (CHF 1.20/min)

GAIA Music Festival Broadcast on SRF 2 Kultur

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Sunday, 20 November 2022, 16:00 – GAIA Music Festival Broadcast on SRF 2 Kultur “Im Konzertsaal”

Tune in at 4pm to listen to the broadcast "Hand in Hand", a concert that took place on 6 May 2022 at the GAIA Music Festival, Oberhofen. The programme focuses on the families Mozart and Smetana, and includes works by Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus and Franz Xaver Mozart as well as Kateřina Smetanová Kolářová and Bedřich Smetana. The concert is performed by baritone Wolf Matthias Friedrich; violinists Clémence Deforceville, Jiska Lambrecht, Gwendolyn Masin, Kirill Troussov; violists Markus Fleck, Martin Moriarty; cellists Flurin Cuonz, and Benedict Kloeckner and pianists Vera Kooper and Alexandra Troussova.

Read the full programme here.
Listen here.

Until soon!


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Photo: Sára Timár