Date(s) - 04/21/2019
Salida Steam Plant Event Center
Third Concert of the Season
Sunday, April 21, 3:00pm at the SteamPlant Theater in Salida
On Sunday, April 21, the Walden Chamber Music Society will continue its 14th concert season with music by Ernst von Dohnanyi, Toru Takemitsu and Josef Suk. 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.
Walden is pleased to welcome violinist Mark Rush, violist Matt Diekman, cellist Zack Reaves and pianist Jo Boatright.
The following program information is excerpted from Walden’s annotator, Dr. Laurie Schulman.
The concert opens with Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 for string trio. Although less well known than his contemporaries Bartok and Kodaly, Dohnanyi was fabulously successful and quite famous in his own time, ranking only behind Liszt among Hungarian composers and pianists. Fascinated with writing music even during his childhood, he composed a whopping seventy-two works between 1884-1895—by which time he had reached the mature age of 18! As a composer he soon discarded the strong influence of Schumann and Brahms, and by 1902 he had found his own language in the Serenade, Op. 10. The five movements are described as emotions ranging from pleasant and light to electrifying and energetic.
The second piece performed will be Between Tides (1993)) for piano, violin and ‘cello by Toru Takemitsu. When Toru Takemitsu died 23 years ago, 20th-century music lost one of its most distinctive and original voices. A Japanese with strong connections to the music of the West (particularly that of France), he was one of the first to synthesize the worlds of Eastern and Western culture in music that had immediate appeal to both worlds. Nature is a recurrent theme in his works, with garden concepts an important thread. The piano trio is one of two chamber works from the 1990’s that continue the series “Waterscapes”. Takemitsu evokes the uncertain moments when the tide is changing, imitating the gentle lapping of waves responding to the forces of nature: wind, gulls scanning the surface for food, and of course the gravitational pull that causes the tides.
For the second half of our program we present Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1 by Josef Suk. The son of a schoolteacher and choirmaster, Josef Suk studied piano, violin and organ with his father, pursuing his formal education at Prague Conservatory. While at the Conservatory, he studied composition with Anton Dvorak, and composed this Piano Quartet as a graduation piece. Suk became Dvorak’s favorite protégé, and married the great composer’s daughter Otilie in 1898. Dvorak was correct in identifying this piano quartet as a sturdy, worthwhile first work that heralded greater things to come. Suk was highly regarded in the early decades of the 20th century. This quartet makes clear that his music is ripe for rediscovery.