Next Concert: Sunday Janaury 15th!

This Sunday, The Musical Offering

will be performing the 41st seasons’ second concert, which features Chamber Music by Opera Composers.  What you usually might associate with the names Puccini, Rossini, Britten, Verdi and Massenet could be soaring arias or enormous staged productions; chamber music might not be the first thing you think of!

This concert’s chamber music with the same beauty and lyricism as those operas. We’ll get to hear violinist Peter McGuire play Jules Massenet’s famous Meditation from his opera Thaïs.  John Snow will perform Benjamin Britten’s pastoral Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and String Trio.  Did you know John recently won his second McKnight Foundation fellowship for his artistry on the oboe?

The program also includes Musical Offering regular musicians Rees Allison (piano), Jane Garvin (flute), and Jim Jacobson (cello), as well as guest artists Gina DiBello, principal second violin of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra violist Rebecca Albers.

Sometimes the scale of Opera can overshadow chamber music, even from the perspective of the composers. Verdi composed his first chamber work String Quartet in E Minor while his opera Aida was going into production, and in fact the quartet premiered only two days after the premier of opera but in a vastly different setting, as Verdi notes: “I  had it performed one evening in my house, without attaching the least importance to it and without inviting anyone in particular. Only the seven or eight persons who usually come to visit me were present. I don’t know whether the Quartet is beautiful or ugly, but I do know that it’s a Quartet!”  Verdi’s String Quartet would go on to be played and adored throughout Europe, but I wonder if I wouldn’t feel the same way about the Quartet (that is, in such immediate comparison with Aida) if I was in Verdi’s shoes!

We hope to see you this coming Sunday at Sundin Hall at 3:00pm for the concert.  Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students and seniors, and can be ordered online by clicking here. We don’t charge any fees for online transactions, and parking at Sundin is free too.  As I like to think, it’s affordable enough to treat your friends to a great afternoon!


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