Recent pop-up concert movements like Sofar Sounds have popularized a concept that has been in the back pocket of classical musicians for a few hundred years now. Private house performances offer an ideal setting to enjoy live music, and it’s a surprise that we don’t see more of them in our fair city. Now, a new classical music series aims to make home concerts a permanent fixture of Fort Worth’s cultural landscape. Hosted at a private residence near TCU, Opus Nova’s program included works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astor Piazzolla, and other contemporary composers.
The evening moved at a leisurely clip as well-dressed servers passed out appetizers and wine before the concert. After the 30 guests settled in, host Susan Motheral introduced the evening’s performers: Stas Chernyshev (clarinet), Jordan Dodson (guitar), Ann Hung (clarinet), and Christine Lamprea (cello).
New York-based guitarist Dodson opened by performing “A Felicidade” by Jobim, the Brazilian composer famed for penning “The Girl from Ipanema.” Dodson captured the room’s attention from the onset and didn’t let it go. His performance made the tricky bossa nova-tinged passagework sound effortless, and he added a few personal flourishes (including a blues lick) of his own. Hung joined Dodson for Laurent Boutros’ “Amasia.” Spanish and Middle-Eastern harmonies swirled as the clarinetist energetically threaded the numerous melodies together. The first half concluded with “Histoire du Tango” by Piazzolla. Arranged by Chernyshev, the duo performed in lockstep, capturing the emotionally wrought tension of tango dancers through sound.