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Walden Chamber Music Society
February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$18
On Sunday, February 23, Walden Chamber Music Society will present, violinist Maria Schleuning, violist Barbara Sudweeks, cellist Hannah Thomas-Holland and pianist Jo Boatright.
The following program information is excerpted from Walden’s annotator, Dr. Laurie Schulman.
The concert opens with 3 Madrigals for Violin and Viola by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). Martinu holds the distinction of being one of the most incredibly prolific composers the twentieth century produced. The three movements of this piece are decidedly idiomatic, taking full advantage of the two string instruments. The viola strums like a guitar in the first, while the violin suggests irregular eastern European rhythms. Modal harmonic language characterizes the second Madrigal, tremolos and trills providing an eerie atmosphere. The third Madrigal is dance-like and imitative, revealing Martinu’s Czech roots and providing a brilliant showcase for the two players.
The Sonata for Violoncello and Piano Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) will follow. Composed in 1949, four years before Prokofiev’s death, this Sonata proved to be his last complete chamber composition. Like many of his late works, the Sonata embraces clear diatonicism–it is in C Major– and a simple, folk-like lyricism through much of its duration. The three movements follow broadly traditional lines, with an emphasis on rich cello sound rather than display for its own sake; however, the second and third movements are quite challenging for the cellist. Prokofiev’s inexhaustible supply of melody remains in full flower for the finale.
For the second half of the program we present the Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47 by Robert Schumann (1810-1857). In 1842, Schumann began his focus on chamber music. Intent in study of string quartets by Haydn and Mozart, he penned three quartets of his own (Op. 41), followed within months by the Piano Quintet (Op. 44), this Piano quartet (Op. 47), and a work for Piano Trio (published later as Op. 88). The E-flat Piano Quartet is a lovely work, filled with characteristic Schumannesque gestures and a glorious fount of lush romantic melodies.
Prior to the concert, Ms. Boatright will give a thirty minute “Informance” beginning at 2:00pm, during which she will explain and demonstrate the music to be performed.
Tickets are $18/adult and are available online at www.waldenchambermusic.org, at the SteamPlant Theater box office, and at the door prior to the concert. Free student tickets are also available at the door.
For more information contact Dale Kettering (719)398-1252 or visit our website at waldenchambermusic.org