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SALIDA – Walden Chamber Music Society: music by Jean Cras, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms
02/24/2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$15
The Walden Chamber Music Society announces its 14th concert season with music by Jean Cras, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms.
- At 2:00pm, artistic director Jo Boatright will give a thirty minute “Informance” where she will explain and demonstrate the music to be performed.
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.
Walden is pleased to welcome our new musician, cellist Hannah Thomas-Hollands, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Joining Hannah Thomas-Hollands are violinist Maria Schleuning, of the Dallas Symphony, violist Barbara Sudweeks, Associate Viola with the Dallas Symphony and pianist Jo Boatright.
The following program information is excerpted from Walden’s annotator, Dr. Laurie Schulman.
The concert opens with 🎦Jean Cras’s String Trio (1926). Brenton-born Jean Cras came from a French naval family with a soft spot for music. Like his father, he spent his entire career in the military. His travels with the French Navy exposed him to instruments, timbres and rhythmic patterns from West Africa and the Far East. Cras’s compositions also embraced aspects of Impressionism and Celtic folk music. Sonorities reflecting these diverse sources appear frequently in his works, including this Trio which was written for violinist Carmen Forte, violist Pierre Brun, and cellist Louis Fourmier.
The second piece performed will be 🎦 Sonatina in D major, D.384 (Opus Posth.137. No.1) for violin and piano by Franz Schubert. During the year 1816, Nineteen -year-old Franz poured forth an unceasing stream of songs and set to work on a Fourth Symphony. His most important piano writing for 1816 is contained in three violin sonatinas. In this D major Sonatina, the emphasis is on melody from the start. The opening idea shows the influence of Mozart, the second movement shows Schubert in a wistful mood and the finale is a bouncy hunting-style rondo that shows again how carefully the young Viennese had studied Mozart’s music. Graceful and sparkling, the entire sonatina is a joy.
For the second half of our program we present🎦Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms. The three works Brahms selected to launch his Viennese career were the formidable Handel Variations for piano, Op. 24 and the 2 Piano Quartets in G minor (Op. 25) and A-major (Op. 26). Brahms was the pianist for the performances and his music and his pianism were well received. The G minor quartet opens quietly with a dark unison theme for piano, and ends with Rondo alla zingarese. Brilliant and spirited, the Rondo’s three-bar phrases give it precipitate momentum, giving us a feeling that we are on the verge of losing our balance. Increasing in suspense as it gathers momentum, this is one of the most exciting conclusions that Brahms ever wrote.