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 tempestuous 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; and 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!
All Chopin program honoring the composer’s lifelong connection with Poland, his homeland, including polonaises and mazurkas that Brian has never played in Columbia, and the rarely heard Allegro de Concert, Op. 46, which Chopin said he would play first in an independent Poland.
Mendelssohn • Sonata in D major
Ginastera • Pampeana No. 2
Fauré • Sonata in D minor
Peabody Conservatory based cello-piano duo of Alicia Ward and Kimberly Kong will balance Mendelssohn’s early Romantic period Sonata in D major with Gabriel Fauré’s late Romantic Sonata in D minor. Contrasting with these two Romantic bookends is the music of Argentina’s most celebrated composer, Alberto Ginastera, with the Pampeanas No. 2 written for his future second wife, and filled with gaucho singing declamations, meditations, vigorous folk rhythms, and frenzied dance elements!
Rob Patterson, clarinet, and the
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 and the New Asia Music Society will play Weber’s virtuosic Quintet in B-flat, dedicated to the great clarinetist, Heinrich Baermann, and Brahms’ soul-searching Quintet in B minor, dedicated to Richard Mühlfeld, also among the greatest clarinetists. Balancing these two masterpieces is Baermann’s own contribution, and a clarinet quintet fragment by Mozart, the composer who pioneered chamber music for clarinet.
Jonathan Carney, violin
and John Nauman, piano
Leclair • Sonata Op. 9, No.3
Copland • Sonata
Beethoven • Sonata No. 9 Op. 47, “Kreutzer”
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 • Quartet Op. 76, “Quinten”
Bartók • Quartet No. 3
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 the compact and wide-ranging emotions of Bartók’s Quartet no. 3. 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.
BSO/BCO String Quintet
Dvořák • Terzetto in C major, Op 74
Mozart • Viola Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516
Brahms • String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
The program opens with Dvořák’s lyrically rich and rhythmically pungent Terzetto for two violins and viola. Two of the greatest string quintets that prominently highlight the viola follow: the Mozart G minor viola quintet, and the second of Brahms’ viola 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.