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 that you know now?
Kaety Byerly: Pay more attention to music theory. I wish I had a stronger grasp of theory so I could look behind the curtain and understand the mechanics and occasional secret messages written in the music.
Q: What piece do you find yourself returning to again and again?
KB: The Bach Cello Suites. I love playing them, and I love hearing how others grow and change their expressions and interpretations.
Q: What CD would we be surprised to find on your shelf?
KB: I don’t have CDs anymore…I just stream music! But I am a ridiculous fan of Hamilton.
Q: You’re headed to a deserted island, what album would you take?
KB: I would probably be pretty stressed and would need some music to help me calm down! Erik Satie: Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes, or Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny: Beyond the Missouri Sky.
Q: Has music ever made you think differently?
KB: Music has always helped me through difficult periods in my life. Even on especially dark days, I find some glimmer of hope or beauty, some sense of awe in the right piece of music.
Q: Does music serve a moral purpose in your view?
KB: Music provides affective access to the actual and emotional experiences of others. What other medium can bring to life the Flight of a Bumblebee or the stormy passion of La Mer? It is a universal language.
Q: Tell us about one of this season’s concerts that looks particularly appealing to you.
KB: I am looking forward to the next concert on December 12: Neave Trio. I love the balance of instruments in a piano trio and the fact that they are performing all female composers is fantastic!
Q: What was the last good book you read?
KB: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Q: What’s your favorite piece of music no one has heard of?
KB: Julius Rontgen String Trio no. 1 in D major
Q: What composer would you play for someone who’s never listened to chamber music before?
KB: Mozart Serenade for Winds K.361, 3rd Movement, Adagio. This was the piece of music I heard at eight years old that moved me to want to play music!
Q: Which living composer (in any genre) do you most admire?
KB: I am a big fan of Jonny Greenwood’s compositions for films…he is also the amazing guitarist and sound-maker for the rock band, Radiohead.