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FEB 2019

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28 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 2.19 THE BIT This year, we are off to the Races! 14 th Annual Pink UnTied Friday, March 8, 2019 Omni Louisville Hotel 6:00 p.m.-midnight Sponsorships, Tables and Tickets Available komenkentucky.org • 502.495.7824 Continued from previous page Founded in 2015, the NouLou Chamber Players are the brainchild of cellist Cecelia Huerta-Lauf and De St. Croix, the violist. Today, the group has 20 or so active members (many from the Louisville Orchestra), and features guest appearances. Each July, the musicians gather at the home of one of the mem- bers and plan the upcoming season. "e players suggest ideas," Huerta-Lauf says. "What's on their bucket list?" On Feb. 7, the NouLou players will re- turn to Oxmoor to perform a nonet (nine players) by Louis Spohr. A week later, they'll be at their home stage, the Con- rad-Caldwell mansion, on St. James Court in Old Louisville, for an Arnold Schoen- berg piece titled "Verklärte Nacht." At that venue, the musicians will sometimes set up in the mansion's front parlor with curved glass windows and parquet oak floors. Sitting next to a carved mahogany fireplace, one can easily imagine concerts in the home a century ago. When more room is required, the concerts move down the hall to the music room. (e players also regularly perform at the retirement community Treyton Oak Towers, where a full-course dinner is part of the program, and on Wednesday evenings at Gravely Brewing on Baxter Avenue.) "We're always looking for new venues," Huerta-Lauf says. ey hadn't even heard of the Ox- moor Farm library until a member of the Filson suggested it. "We had no idea it was even here," De St. Croix says. "But we drove around behind the mall and came to a long tree-lined driveway that leads to the house, and it was all just so beautiful. en we saw the library — and wow!" Did they test the acoustics? "We didn't even think about it," De St. Croix says with a laugh. (Turns out, the books act as a "damper" at the edges of notes.) "We took one look at the library and said, 'Let's go for it!'" Karr says, "We hear the breaths players take between passages, even the string players. Sitting close, we can hear each other breathe to take our cues."

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