Think of a classical music concert and what comes to mind?
Usually it's an intimidating brew of prim concert protocol, uncomfortable concert seats and sky-high ticket prices. It's no wonder young or new audiences have not flocked to the art form.
But the presentation of classical music is changing, as evidenced by Classical Revolution, whose focus is presenting classical music - usually chamber music - in unexpected locales that are breezy affairs where a glass of wine or entree at your seat is no rarity.
Classical Revolution is an idea that started in San Francisco's Mission District at the Revolution Cafe, in 2006. It has since been offered in many cities, and now it is coming to Sacramento.
It's first local concert will be this Sunday at 6 p.m. when violist Vijay Chalasani, guitarist George England, violinist George Hayes, flutist Cathie Apple, and cellist Tim Stanley appear at the Harvey House restaurant in Old Sacramento.
On the set list for that performance will be Astor Piazzolla's "Histoire du Tango" for flute and guitar, a Mozart flute quartet, a Geminiani sonata for cello and guitar, and possibly a string quartet by Beethoven. And so will be the opportunity for dinner or wine while taking in the music.
In the past five years, more than 700 chamber music events in more than 90 Bay Area venues have been produced by Classical Revolution with the goal of bringing live chamber music to the public in a open and fun setting.
To date, the Classical Revolution model has also spread around the world, with nearly 30 active chapters in cities around the United States, Canada and Europe.
Locally, the series continues July 20 with a concert at Sacramento's Luna's Cafe and Juice Bar and on Aug. 17 at Shady Coffee and Tea in Roseville. Most events will be free or low cost, said Skye Bergen, organizer of Classical Revolution in Sacramento.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Harvey House, 900 Second St. Old Sacramento
INFORMATION: (916) 799-8733 or www.facebook.com/ClassicalRevolutionSac