By Daniel Buckwalter

Emergencies pop up. Accidents happen. People and organizations have to be flexible — and creative — in response.

Chamber Music Amici passed its emergency test with flying colors on April 21, and they will repeat it on Earth Day evening with a wonderful selection of music highlighted by violinist Sunmi Chang, an instructor at the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance.

Chang was a life saver — certainly a program saver — and you can hear her and Amici again tonight (April 22) when they perform the Mozart & More program at Wildish Theater in Springfield. It’s well worth it.

Amici was all ready to perform a program of Mozart and Rossini, featuring violinist Pilar Bradshaw, a longstanding member of the Eugene-Springfield music community. But Bradshaw sustained injuries in a car accident just days before the concert that precluded her from performing.

It was first thought that Chamber Music Amici would have to postpone the concert entirely, but Chang stepped in to help carry off a re-imagined show of Mozart and Grieg and Brahms.

She shines impressively with pianist Brian Hsu, another faculty member of the UO School of Music and Dance, as they perform Edvard Grieg’s Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, a piece the two of them will perform again at a recital later this spring.

They also end the show along with cellist Steven Pologe with the first movement of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Minor.

The concert also features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor where Chang, Hsu and Pologe are joined by violist Lillie Manis. They play with crisp precision, largely driven by Hsu at the piano, but with the members of the string accompaniment getting their fair share of time to shine.

Mozart & More by Chamber Music Amici is a short and lively program that is a delight to hear. I encourage everyone to take it in tonight at Wildish Theater.

Chamber Music Amici with Mozart & More

When: 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22 (pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.)

Where: Wildish Community Theatre, 630 Main St., Springfield

Tickets: $32, $40, $42, $45; students and their parents, $5 each, except rows A and K; available at the door or in advance online at