April Fools’ Day Concert

Sunday April 1, 3:00 p.m.
Sundin Hall, Hamline University

The final concert of the Musical Offering’s 41st season features humor in music, in honor of the concert’s April Fools Day date.Eugene Rousseau

The featured soloist is internationally renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, performing Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche for Saxophone and Wind Quintet.

Beginning the program is Franz Hasenöhrl’s reworking of Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Hasenöhrl reduces Strauss’s original seventy plus orchestra down to five musicians in this virtuosic arrangement that he entitled Till Eulenspiegel  – Another Way!

Also on the program is Mozart’s A Musical Joke, which he subtitled “The Village Musicians.” This is Mozart’s commentary on music by some of his less gifted composer colleagues and some of the pitfalls and pratfalls of performances of his time.

The final piece on the program is Bohuslav Martinů’s suite from his surrealistic ballet La Revue de Cuisine (The Kitchen Revue). The ballet is based on the romantic rendezvous of a variety of kitchen utensils! This 1927 composition is influenced by Parisian jazz and includes Martinů’s interpretations of popular dances of the time, such as the Tango and Charleston.

In addition to saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, The Musical Offering musicians Jim Jacobson (cello), Aaron Janse (viola), Caroline Lemen (horn), Peter McGuire (violin), Norbert Nielubowski (bassoon) and John Snow (oboe) will be joined by Douglas Carlsen, trumpet; Hazel Davis, horn; Gina DiBello, violin; William Eddins, piano; Matthew Frischman, bass; Barbara Leibundguth, flute; and David Pharris, clarinet.

Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for students.
That’s no joke!

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