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SALIDA – Final Concert of the Season!
June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$15
The Walden Chamber Music Society will complete its 14th concert season with music by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. At 2:00pm, artistic director Jo Boatright will give a thirty minute “Informance” where she will explain and demonstrate the music to be performed, followed by the concert at 3:00pm.
Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students. Tickets are available on the Walden website at www.waldenchambermusic.org, at the SteamPlant Theater box office, and at the door prior to the concert. For additional information contact Walden Administrator Dale Kettering at (719) 398-1252.
Violinist Aaron Boyd has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, recording artist, lecturer and educator. Since making his New York recital debut in 1998, Boyd has appeared at the most prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Asia and has collaborated with members of the Julliard, Guarneri, Orion, Tokyo and Emerson Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, Phillippe Entremont, Mitsuko Uchida, Anner Bylsma, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Ling Lin, Wu Han and David Finckel. As a member of the Escher String Quartet, he was a recipient of an Avery Fischer Career Grant and the Martin E. Segal prize from Lincoln Center, and was also awarded a Proclamation by the City of Pittsburgh for his musical accomplishments. A passionate advocate for new music, Mr. Boyd has been involved in numerous commissions and premiers, and has worked directly with such legendary composers as Milton Babbitt, Elliot Carter and Charles Wuorinen. He is also founder of the Zukofsky Quartet, the only ensemble to have played all of Milton Babbitt’s notoriously difficult string quartets. Formerly on the violin faculties of Columbia University and the University of Arizona, Boyd now serves as Director of Chamber Music and Professor of Practice in Violin at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
The following program information is excerpted from Walden’s annotator, Dr. Laurie Schulman.
The concert opens with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in D Major for violin and piano, Op.12, No.1. Beethoven’s first sonata for violin and piano is less familiar than its famous siblings, the Spring Sonata, Op.24, and the Kreutzer, Op. 49 but all the signatures of his early style are present: regular four and eight bar phrases; sudden changes in dynamics; flashy runs and arpeggiation.
The second piece performed will be Two Pieces, Opus 2 for ‘cello and piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff. These two pieces are the only chamber music from Rachmaninoff’s youth that he deemed worthy of publication. He composed them in 1891, when he was eighteen and still a student at the Moscow Conservatory. Op 2, No.1 is a Romance that Rachmaninoff reworked from an earlier solo piano prelude. The second piece, ‘Oriental Dance’, taps into late 19th- century fascination with the scale patterns associated with Arabian lands and Gypsy Scales of Eastern Europe.
The first half ends with Pezzo capriccioso in B minor, Opus 62 for ‘cello and piano by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. For Tchaikovsky, B minor was a key associated with death. The Pezzo capriccioso dates from a time when a good friend revealed he had an incurable disease and requested Pyotr to attend him at the end. The piece’s two slow segments have an elegiac character. Presumably this reflects the composer’s emotional states as his friend declined.
For the second half of our program we present Dumky Trio Op. 90 by Antonin Dvorak. This piano trio contains a full range of tempi and moods. Each of the six movements is in a different key, and each contains sufficient chromaticism to challenge the most musical of ears. Dvorak maintains a prevailing mood of thoughtfulness and introspection in his six movements; however, he varies the sections that sometimes sound positively joyful, even reckless. The last thing we should think of in this trio is a series of dirges, for there is considerable fire in this music. Rather, Dumky trio reveals the complexity of the composer’s personality.