ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

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Explore your classical side through Brooklyn Rider’s innovative, contemporary performances during the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Publicity photo Explore your classical side through Brooklyn Rider’s innovative, contemporary performances during the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Publicity photo

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Refresh your appreciation for classical music with the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, a month of small group performances that range from the kid-friendly Carnival of the Animals to edgy improv with modern masters. The festival includes Downtown in the Key of C-ville, a four-day lineup of concerts in mid-September. Quartet Brooklyn Rider, an NPR favorite and Yo-Yo Ma collaborator, stands out with performances at the Paramount and again at Live Arts for Music Fresh Squeezed, featuring new works and improvisation with contemporary musicians, including Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes.

Through 9/22 Various times and locations, $6-25. 295-5395. www.cvillechambermusic.org.

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