A Joyful Noise

July 9, 2010

MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC FEATURING THE BEST OF THE BEST!

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July 9, 2010

Tonight is the last night to hear the music of Sibelius, Thieriot, and Mendelssohn. What a great program! “En Saga” by Sibelius features flutist Jean Berkenstock, clarinetist Todd Cope, horn player John Fairfield, violinist David Perry, violist Sally Chisholm, cellist Walter Preucil, and bass player Jason Heath. One of Sibelius’ tone poems (a symphonic poem), the story line seems to be a very personal one.  Later in life Sibelius said of the work, “[it] is one of my psychologically most profound works. I might almost say that it encapsulates my entire youth. It is a statement of a state of mind. At the time when I wrote “En Saga,” I experienced many shocking things. I have never revealed as much of myself in any of my works as in “En Saga.”

Ferdinand Thieriot’s Octet in C Major, Opus 78 is a composition you have never heard. Ask any musician you know and you won’t find one in a thousand that knows of this composer. In fact, there is no recording of this piece. It is a real treat to hear our world-class musicians perform Thieriot’s wonderful music. From the first note to the last, you will be enthralled at the beauty of this composition performed by violinists David Perry, Isabella Lippi, Stephanie Preucil, and Gene Purdue; violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck, and cellists Walter Preucil and Paula Kosower.

The last piece probably needs no introduction. Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat, Opus 20 is a masterpiece. In fact, you can see the fourth movement as recorded a couple of years ago on this website. Just click on MEDIA and scroll down to “Midsummer’s Music Festival ensemble performs Mendelssohn’s Octet.” (NOTE: This was not professionally recorded so the audio and video quality will not be 100%.) This piece is performed by performed by violinists David Perry, Isabella Lippi, Stephanie Preucil, and Gene Purdue; violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck, and cellists Walter Preucil and Paula Kosower.

Tickets are still available for the July 9 concert at the Hardy. We recommend advance reservations although a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. $25 for adults, youth 17 and under are no charge.

We hope to see you there!

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