‘House of Cards’ composer coming to Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Jeff Beal conducts a recording session in his home. Photo from JeffBeal.com.

Jeff Beal conducts a recording session in his home. Photo from JeffBeal.com.

Fans of the dissonant tune that ushers in every episode of the Netflix hit House of Cards will want to check out next month’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington.

Jeff Beal, whose music has also underscored films such as the Seaworld documentary Blackfish, the biopic Pollock, and more will be the composer-in-residence for the festival. The three-time Emmy Award winner also has an extensive career as a composer and performer in his own right, having started out as a jazz trumpeter and released seven solo albums.

Jason Vieaux. Photo by Tyler Boye.

Jason Vieaux. Photo by Tyler Boye.

His next composition will be a commission for the Chamber Music Festival and will be presented in the festival’s second main stage concert on Aug. 28 at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. It’s first main stage concert, Aug. 26 at Fasig, will also feature Beal’s music as well as guest musician, guitarist Jason Vieaux, who will also be featured on the third main stage concert at Fasig on Aug. 30.

Like recent chamber festivals, the event will include a casual concert at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, Aug. 27, and a series of prelude performances by the Houston-based wind quintet WindSync.

Here’s the schedule, from the festival’s website. Tickets are on sale now.

OPENING CONCERT
6:30 p.m. Aug. 20
Ashland, Henry Clay Estate
Performance by ensemble-in-residence, WindSync on the lawn at the Henry Clay Estate. Food and beer available for a charge.

More WindSync performances will be announced as the festival approaches.

MAINSTAGE CONCERT I
7:30 p.m. Aug. 26
Fasig-Tipton Pavilion
PROGRAM
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String Quartet Op. 18 No. 3
Selections from Jason Vieaux’s Grammy-winning album, Play
 Capricho Arabe 
     A Felicidade 
Jeff Beal, Piano Quartet (world premiere of arrangement)
Selections from Vieaux’s Play
      Misionera
     Sentimental Mood
     Albeniz – Asturias
Francis Poulenc, Sextet

CABARET CONCERT
7:30 p.m. Aug. 27
Natasha’s Bistro and Bar
Casual concert with complete Festival lineup of artists. $5 cover at the door.

MAINSTAGE CONCERT II
7:30 p.m. Aug. 28
Fasig-Tipton Pavilion
PROGRAM
Johannes Brahms, Sonata for violin and piano, No. 1
Jeff Beal, WORLD PREMIERE
Sergei Taneyev, Piano Quintet
TICKETS

MAINSTAGE CONCERT III
2 p.m. Aug. 30
Fasig-Tipton Pavilion
PROGRAM
Astor Piazzolla, Cafe 1930
Astor Piazzolla, arr. Vieaux, Oblivion
Robert Schumann, Fantaisiestucke
Luigi Boccherini, Quintet for string quartet and guitar

Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet Op. 135

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