Gemini Piano Trio
Beethoven • Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3
Bernstein • Piano Trio
Shostakovich • Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Now in its 23rd Season, the Gemini Piano Trio will perform Beethoven’s Trio No. 3 in C minor, a piece that is a break from classical conformity. Leonard Bernstein’s Piano Trio is a nod to the centennial of his birth this year. Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, written during World War 2 in the wake of the siege of Leningrad and the loss of his closest friend, is filled with moods of bleakness, lament, and a wild dance of destruction!
Mostly Chopin Recital with a touch of Bach, including the rarely heard Allegro de Concert, Op. 46, which Chopin was quoted by his friend, Aleksander Hoffman, as having said, “This is the very first piece I shall play in my first concert upon returning home to a free Warsaw.”
Mr. Ganz will open the program with two Bach preludes and fugues interwoven with two Chopin preludes in the corresponding keys.
Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Ginastera
Mendelssohn • Cello Sonata in D major
Ginastera • Pampeana No. 2, Rhapsody for Cello & Piano
Shostakovich • Cello Sonata in D minor
Peabody Conservatory-based cello-piano duo of Alicia Ward and Kimberly Kong will contrast Mendelssohn’s Romantic cello sonata with Ginastera’s Argentinian gaucho-singing declamations, meditations, vigorous folk rhythms and frenzied dance elements of his cello & piano rhapsody, and Shostakovich’s uncharacteristically whimsical and lyrical cello sonata.
Rob Patterson, clarinet
and New Asia Chamber Music Society
Brahms • Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
Weber • Quintet in B flat major, Op.34
Baermann • Adagio for Clarinet and String Quartet
Mozart • Clarinet quintet fragment
Rob Patterson, former Acting Principal Clarinet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will join with a quartet of New Asia Chamber Music Society members to play Weber’s virtuosic Quintet in B-flat and Brahms’ soul-searching Quintet in B minor. Balancing these masterpieces are an adagio by 19th century clarinet virtuoso/composer Heinrich Baermann, and a clarinet quintet fragment by Mozart, the pioneer of chamber music for clarinet.
Jonathan Carney, violin
and John Nauman, piano
Beethoven • Sonata No. 9 Op. 47, “Kreutzer”
Leclair • Sonata Op. 9, No.3 and Copland • Sonata
BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney and pianist John Nauman will perform one of the masterpieces of the French baroque, the Leclair Sonata in D with its “whirling dervishes” Tambourin movement; Copland’s Sonata, with its dual moods of reflection and rhythmic exuberance; and Beethoven’s best known sonata for violin and piano, “Kreutzer,” with its sudden shifts in mood and accent, the remarkably diverse variations of the slow movement, and seemingly perpetual motion finale!
Clipper Mill String Quartet
Haydn, Debussy, and Mendelssohn
Haydn • Quartet Op. 76, “Quinten”
Debussy • Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Mendelssohn • Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Haydn’s well known “Quinten” quartet opens the program with its dramatic themes and supple rhythmic interplay followed by Debussy’s sensual and impressionistic quartet, a final divorce from the rules of classical harmony. The concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s final quartet, originally called “Requiem for Fanny,” written after the death of his beloved sister. It plumbs the depths of somber feelings contrasted with beautiful lyricism – a beautiful balance of despair and happiness. read more
BSO/BCO String Quintet
Dvořák, Mozart, and Brahms
Dvořák • Terzetto in C major, Op 74
Mozart • String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516
Brahms • String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
The program will open with Dvořák’s lyrically rich and rhythmically pungent Terzetto for two violins and viola, followed by two of the greatest string quintets with viola emphasis: the Mozart G minor String Quintet, and the second of Brahms’ string quintets, with its myriad moods and styles of composition interwoven – from a Viennese waltz, to a wistful theme and variations, and ending with Hungarian-influenced folk music and dance.
SONOS – classical/jazz trio
“Paris, the Crazy Years”
Debussy, Satie, Stravinsky, James P. Johnson,
Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ravel, Thelonious Monk,
and Eleanor Daley
SONOS combines violin, piano, and bass guitar in a romp through the impressionism of Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeuse, the meditative mood of Satie’s First Gnossienne, the neoclassicism of Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Old Fashioned Love by Ragtime master James P. Johnson, Gershwin’s and Cole Porter’s jazz-inspired I Got Rhythm, and You Do Something To Me, the bluesy influences of Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Thelonious Monk’s Misterioso, and Eleanor Daley’s emotionally stirring In Flanders Fields.