Founded in 2006 in San Francisco with the sole purpose of making chamber music more accessible. Instead of playing in traditional concert halls, these chamber groups play in local coffee shops. They play a wide variety of genres in a relaxed setting where people are free to come and go, move around, and hold conversations. In six years, the movement has grown to include 30 chapters around the US, Canada, and Europe and has even spawned a record label of the same name.
Classical Revolution Website
Classical Revolution Los Angeles
This showcase features classical musicians who have crossed over to popular music. Many of these musicians have left traditional careers playing in symphonies to venture into this emerging genre. In its first year in 2010, the showcase sold out and was wildly popular.
SXSW Classical Crossover Showcase
Here’s some noteworthy classical crossover artists you may want to check out.
The Piano Guys- This group features pianist John Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson who started playing together at a piano store in Utah and now make videos that are viewed by millions of people worldwide. The videos range from popular music covers to movie parodies such as “Star Wars” and "Bourne".