For our 2017-2018 season, The Musical Offering presents music from central Europe, filled with warmth, texture, and distinctive tastes of the folk cultures that nurtured their creation.
Featuring composers from Bohemia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Moravia, these works reflect sophisticated style as well as ties to their beloved homelands. Join us as we explore well known and less-familiar composers and celebrate their roots in the heart of Europe.
TMO's four Sundin Series concerts take place on September 17th, November 12th, February 11th (all-inclusive food & wine event), and April 15th. Detailed program information is listed below. All concerts take place at Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University (1531 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul 55104) and begin at 3pm. Singly tickets are regularly $30/adults, $10/students, and $60 for the all-inclusive food & wine event.
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HOME AND FAMILY
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
Our first concert of the season features three Czech composers from Bohemia, who were all connected to each other by teaching and family. Martins delightful Sonata for Flute, Violin, and Piano displays his unique sense of harmony and Czech style, seasoned with his years spent in Paris. The Piano Trio by Martins teacher Josef Suk is a wonderful late Romantic work from early in his career, and its style flows from the influence of his teacher Antonin Dvorak (who later became his father-in-law), whose glorious Wind Serenade concludes the program.
Sonata for Flute, Violin, and Piano H.254
Piano Trio in C Minor, op. 2
Wind Serenade, op. 44
THREE TIMES THREE
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
The Musical Offerings November concert compares three trios, each of different instrumentation, in a cultural tour of central Europe. The lovely and light Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola from the German composer Max Reger opens with clean classical lines and beautiful harmonies. Bartok¡s Contrasts follows, with a keen sense of rhythm and Hungarian folk dance in a piece dedicated to Joseph Szigeti and Benny Goodman. Finally, from Vienna comes the charming Beethoven Trio op. 11, in a wonderful arrangement for clarinet, bassoon, and piano.
Serenade for Violin, Viola, and Flute, op. 141a
Trio, op. 11
Ludwig van Beethoven
ANNUAL FOOD AND WINE EVENT
TASTES OF HOME
FEBRUARY 11, 2018
The annual food and wine concert will feature three works that weave dances into their character. We open with the exciting Polonaise for Cello and Piano by Chopin, a proud folk dance from his Polish homeland. We pair it with the Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon by cosmopolitan Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. This trio, true to jazz and American influences in Europe at the time, features a Charleston, a waltz called Florida, and a last movement full of folk dance rhythm. Finally, we present the Nonet by German composer Louis Spohr, a gorgeous and virtuosic piece on the cusp of German Classical and Romantic styles, featuring our wind and string players in equal measure. Join us for our fifth annual concert of glorious music intermingled with food, wine, and lively conversation!
Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, op. 3
FROM DARK TO LIGHT
APRIL 15, 2018
Our final concert of the season shines the spotlight on three remarkable composers. The program begins with Moravian composer Leos Janaceks stunning and compelling Violin Sonata, followed by a lush, Romantic wind quintet by German composer August Klughardt. We close our season with Hungarian flair: Erno Dohnányi Sextet, featuring strings, winds and piano, in a work that begins on the serious side and ends in a light-hearted, jazzy romp for all the players!
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Wind Quintet, op. 79
Sextet in C Major, op. 37
GETTING THERE AND PARKING Sundin Music Hall is located at 1531 Hewitt Avenue on the campus of Hamline University in Saint Paul. Free parking is available one half-block east and NiceRide bikes are available nearby. The Hamline campus is a stop on the new A Line rapid bus route, and is located just blocks north of the Metro Transit Green Line. The hall features curbless entry feet from the door and is accessible for all who wish to hear our music.
All concerts begin at 3:00pm on Sundays at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul MN 55104. Free parking, NiceRide bikes, and close access to the Metro Transit Green line; Sundin Music Hall is fully ADA accessible. All seats general admission.