produced & photographed by ELIZABETH NONEMAKER

Classical Revolution is a chamber music organization founded in 2006 by violist Charith Premawardhana. With its mission of performing “chamber music for the people” by holding concerts in casual atmospheres, it has spread like wildfire beyond its first shows at the Revolution Café in San Francisco. Ampersand reporter Elizabeth Nonemaker spoke with Helix Collective, the ensemble that runs the L.A. chapter, about their thoughts on the organization and the culture surrounding classical music.

Helix Collective:
Sarah Robinson – flute
Phil Popham – oboe
Lorry Black – percussion

Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff – toy pianos

Music (in order):
Helix Collective’s “Happy Hour” written by Phil Popham
“Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite” written by Hildegard von Bingen
“Toy With Me” written by David Smooke
“Death, Hocket and Roll” written by Thomas Kotcheff
“Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in D Major, K. 381” written Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart