Last week I had my chamber music concert, one of several that the program puts on, one set in the beginning of second term and the other at the end of the year. In our set of performances there were two string quartets, a string quartet with a featured oboe, a brass quintet, a guitar ensemble, and my group. Dabney Lounge was filled with the audience, something I definitely was not expecting. With its old fashioned wood floors, warm lighting, and high balcony, Dabney Lounge feels like it’s from the days where most musical performances occurred in front of royal courts. Although the room was quite warm, as the air conditioner is too loud to use during small ensemble performances, it was still a lot of fun to listen to all the performances. Our trio performance went well, although since we were dressed formally, I was dripping with sweat at the end of it. I didn’t get to hear the two performances before ours, but my favorite of the following selections was the oboe and string quartet performance. The oboe player performed a challenging and long-about 30 minutes- selection with style and enthusiasm, and although I never would have thought of the combination, the oboe and string instruments complimented each other well. Although I was unable to make it to the other concerts, the concert after ours featured another woodwind trio premiering a piece, and the composer traveled from Europe to hear their rendition. Now that chamber music is finished for the year, I have a lot more time on my hands, but since our clarinet choir is getting ready for our debut performance in three weeks, I still have plenty of music to work on. More on that next time!