Decoda artists Meena Bhasin (viola), Claire Bryant (cello), Greg DeTurck (piano), Liz Janzen (flute) and Owen Dalby (violin) are back in Mérida, Mexico to work and perform alongside some very talented students from several Mexican states at the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán as part of Carnegie Hall and Fomento Cultural Banamex's Professional Training Workshop. On Tuesday evening Decoda performed works by Copland, Mozart, Schumann, and the new string trio by our own bassoonist Brad Balliett. This Saturday we are gearing up to perform chamber music side-by-side with these awesome young musicians at the historic Teatro Peon Contreras.
Our days have been jam-packed with rehearsals, coachings, group classes on 'The Rules of Engagement', while still making time to enjoy the delicious food of the Yucatecan culture! Each of the five Decoda artists is working within a group of students on a movement from major chamber music repertoire by Beethoven, Sor, Weber, Ravel, Kurtag, and Schumann. We have been so impressed with the dedication and eagerness of these young artists, ranging from 17-28, and are feeling elated by the freshness and love they bring to the chamber music tradition.
Tomorrow the collaborative groups will present a concert for at the Celerain Senior Center for their residents which will be a great way to prepare for our culminating celebratory concert on Saturday evening. The five of us wish to thank the students for their incredible efforts which have sparked a sense of renewed inspiration to our own musicianship! Bravo and buenas noches from Mexico!