The program begins with Quartet for Flute and string trio No. 4 in d minor by Ferdinand Ries with flautist Jane Garvin. She says of the work, “I like the Ries flute quartets because of the depth and variety of expression, the tension in the harmonies, but mostly the imaginative melodies. The quartet by Ries is the closest we flutists can get to a Beethoven String Quartet, the best chamber music in the world!”
The middle of the program features a chamber music rarity, Gustav Mahler’s Piano Quartet, and Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke’s Piano Quartet inspired by Mahler’s work. Cellist Jim Jacobson says, “I am most looking forward to performing the Mahler and Schnittke pair. Schnittke doesn’t use Mahler’s fragment of a second movement and finish it as Mahler would. He uses the fragment as a basis for a demented dream or nightmare. At the end of the movement when we finally play Mahler’s sketch, it’s creepy.”
The concert closes with Serenade in D major, a work by Johannes Brahms scored in its original nonet featuring both strings and winds. Now in its 42nd season, The Musical Offering continues in its three-year exploration Vienna. Jim Jacobson writes, “It is a thrill to give concerts that highlight the absolute best composers, the composers of Vienna from 1780-1930.” Our musicians, a majority of whom play with the Minnesota Orchestra, are reaching out to those who want to hear world-class music during this time of lockouts.
General admission tickets are $15/adults and $10/students, and are currently available online by clicking here, or over the phone by calling 651-523-2459 and pressing #2. Parking is free and readily available nearby, including curbless drop-off and entry just feet away from the doors of Sundin Music Hall. For more information, contact Alex Legeros, Executive Assistant, using the information below.
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