AFCM is managed by volunteers who, in addition to having outstanding experience and qualifications, are passionate about chamber music. This season they tell us about their relationship to music.
Q: What would you tell your younger self about music?
Dagmar Cushing “Just keep going and have fun with it.” I didn’t need much encouragement. I enjoyed music at a very young age
Q: What piece do you find yourself returning to again and again?
DC: Rachmaninoff and Chopin Cello Sonatas
Q: What CD would we be surprised to find on your shelf?
DC: Old time blues
Q: You’re headed to a deserted island; what album would you take?
DC: Bach Cello suites
Q: Has music ever made you think differently or changed your outlook?
DC: When I travel, I always make a point to listening to local music and yes, it gives you a much better feel for a culture.
Q: Does music serve a moral purpose in your view?
DC: Maybe people who are avid music lovers have less time to wage wars? (It’s probably not true but would be nice.)
Q: Which of this season’s concerts looks particularly appealing?
DC: Lineage percussion Trio–they do some fabulous stuff. How often does one get to hear a percussion trio?
Q: What was the last good book you read?
DC: Fox 8: A Story, by George Saunders. Very sweet and also hilarious!
Q: What composer would you play for someone who’s never listened to chamber music?
DC: The Dvorak Piano Trios or Piano Quintet. They are so gorgeous, I can’t imagine anyone not being sucked in by those!
Q: What piece of classical music should everyone hear before the age of 21?
DC: Rachmaninoff’s 2nd symphony
Q: Why chamber music over other kinds of music?
DC: It is the intimacy that makes it special. It appeals in a very personal way!