Just after the opening ceremony, Charles Wadsworth took to the stage at the Dock Street Theatre for a standing-room-only kickoff to his ever-popular chamber music series. Apart from one groaner of a pun about female harpists and “a lot of plucking,” it was fine. And the music – the introduction and allegro of a sublime Ravel piece, a work for piano and cello from Antonín Dvořák, and a viola-driven Mozart quintet featuring the St. Lawrence string quartet – was fab.

Naturally, the concert also featured the premiere cellphone performance of the ’06 festival. The ringtone wasn’t Beethoven’s Fur Elise, as it was for the Chamber Music opener two years ago, but it was no less compelling: ‘Hava Nagila,’ if I’m not mistaken.

The festival has definitely begun.


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