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FEB 2019

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seniorstar.com/parklouisville 26 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 2.19 A BIT TO DO e music begins softly. Notes float among the books and sparkling chandeliers of the high-ceilinged library at Oxmoor Farm. e septet of musicians from the NouLou Chamber Players are in a room built a hundred years ago, performing a Beethoven piece written two centuries ago. e music shifts, the players stepping into a bouncy allegro, each instrument getting its say. e wind players sit across from the string players, with a bassist between, kind of forming the ensemble into a "U." A full-house audience of, oh, maybe 90 are seated in chairs arrayed around the musi- cians. All seats taken. You can hear the notes sound the second they skip off strings, see the silver keys rocking back and forth on Matt Karr's bassoon. "Playing in a space Close for Comfort Being one with the NouLou Chamber Players. By Bill Doolittle like this is so rare anymore," Karr says later. "In our modern concert settings, you're often 100 feet or more from the performers, where here, you can literally see us sweat." Viola player Laura De St. Croix says, "e audience is right there with you. Sometimes when we play something really beautiful, you'll hear a sigh." In the library, the musicians quicken the tempo. De St. Croix touches her bow to the viola strings in a steady stream of eighth notes, laying down the rhythm. e players hand melodies and harmonies back and forth, violin to clarinet, bassoon to French horn to cello, and back. ey're making Beethoven, and not just any Beethoven. Written in 1800, it's a famous early piece from young Ludwig, his 20th published work on a list that would eventually number in the hundreds. Before the program, Karr told the audience, "I can imagine Beethoven leaving a concert where his septet had just been performed. Pulling his scarf around his neck, setting out on the streets of Vienna. Maybe a bottle of wine tucked under his arm, whistling new tunes he was thinking up." e library's high, built-in shelves contain nearly 9,000 books, the private collection of the late prominent Louisville attorney Marshall Bullitt, a link in a family chain of ownership of Oxmoor Farm that dates to

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