Some pieces in the first set were transcriptions, like the opening movement of Beethoven's Pathétique piano sonata scored as a stark and angular string septet and Rachmaninoff's Prelude Op. 23, No. 6, as a swinging, swaying Russian dance. And some were originals like Robinson's Pork 'n' Beans, a collection of tunes and riffs set to funk syncopations with transitions so tricky the ensemble had to stop once.
But that was OK. Everybody on stage and off laughed-and then the music started again. In some ways, Classical Revolution is just a gussied-up sight reading class, and slipups are bound to occur. But in more significant ways, CR is young musicians having fun-and sharing their fun with the audience.
That audience started out as half a dozen people, but by the end of the first set Silvio's was nearly full. And not just of listeners: more musicians came too-including two more violists.
Musicians are always welcome to join the Classical Revolution "Chamber Jam," which returns to Silvio's Organic Pizza on Monday, December 5.
[Originally published in December, 2011.]