This program will journey through three different cultures and worlds of musical traditions: Kodaly, capturing his homeland Hungary’s folk traditions with rustic jubilance; Weinberg struggling to find his voice under a Soviet regime, whilst conjuring memories of his native Polish/Jewish klezmer roots; and Turina, proudly celebrating his native Spanish traditions with flare and aplomb.
Comprised of works by Corigliano, Caplet, Crumb, and Saint-Seans, this program will delve deep into the world of fantasy and story-telling. We will begin with Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices – taken from the soundtrack of Hollywood’s famed film “The Red Violin.” We will then travel through the American and French folk and fantasy worlds of Crumb’s Solo Cello Sonata and Saint-Sean’s “Fantasie,” and finally delve into Edgar Allen Poe’s dark and terrifying literary world of the “Mask of the Red Death.”
Curated specifically for Valentine’s Day, this program consists entirely of works which tell various stories of “love gone wrong” – from the musical portrayal of Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece, the “Kreutzer Sonata,” to the setting of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” to music, to Schubert’s monumental and transcendental masterwork: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden.”
A program which celebrates fiddle and folk traditions through the centuries, this concert will work its way backward in time. We will begin the evening with works by American contemporary violinist and folk composer, Ben Russel, then travel down South with a solo fiddle rendition of “The Devil Goes Down to Georgia.” We will then jump back again to a string quartet transcription of Pink Floyd’s “Any Color You Like,” and finally dance our way to the end of the concert with Beethoven’s rambunctious and forward-looking “Compliment Quartet” - String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2.