7:30 Tuesday at the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark College, and as always, FREE
There is a sort of separation between “art” music and “folk” music — except when there isn’t. Folk themes and flavors have been a source of inspiration and revitalization for many, many composers and this program will especially highlight some of them. The first piece is the sultry Grand Tango by the master of Nuevo Tango himself, Astor Piazzolla, played by Principal Cello Nancy Ives and Piano Hero Cary Lewis. Then we’ll hear some of the most tuneful, buoyant music around, the Dvorak String Quintet No. 2 in G Major Op. 77 – or call the bass quintet, since the fifth instrument is a string bass. This will be performed by Oregon Symphony Violinists Julie Coleman and Ruby Chen, Violist Silu Fei, Cellist Trevor Fitzpatrick, and one of the orchestra’s newest members, Bassist Brian Johnson.
Violinist Emily Cole, guest violist Marissa Winship, and Assistant Principal Bass Ted Botsford will perform three things from the Appalachia Waltz style of New American string playing, including Poem for Carlita. This link is to a version with cello (Yo-Yo Ma himself), but I include it not only because it’s beautiful, but because the composer has included some nice notes.
THe program on Tuesday will conclude with the epic Stravinsky piece L’Histoire du Soldat. From a program notes Wiki (what will they think of next?!) comes this apt description:
L’Histoire du Soldat, is full of the wit and humor of Stravinsky. The violin is guttural and raw, while the clarinet seems to have an erratic will of its own, often breaking in at “inappropriate” moments and interrupting the violin. The piano acts as a combination of the rhythm section and a piano in a “honky tonk” bar. The rhythms are always shifting and changing, and the music incorporates elements of jazz, Viennese waltz, and ragtime.