Beethoven's Ghost

Chamber Soirées

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October 31, 2019Thursday | 5:30 pm | Holley Hall

Program

ZEMLINSKY    Humoreske (Rondo)

Betsy Traba, flute; TBD, oboe; Bharat Chandra, clarinet; Joshua Horne, horn; Fernando Traba, bassoon

SCHOENBERG    Verklärte nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4

Christopher Takeda, violin; Samantha Bennett, violin; Matthew Pegis, viola; Michael McClelland, viola; Natalie Helm, cello; Isabelle Besançon, cello

BEETHOVEN    Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 (Ghost Trio)

Daniel Jordan, violin; Christopher Schnell, cello; Jonathan Spivey, piano

Spend Halloween with the bewitching sounds of Schoenberg and Beethoven in this program featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) and the “Ghost Trio” by Beethoven. The concert opens with a charming Humoreske for wind quintet by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky. Zemlinsky was teacher, close friend and eventual brother-in-law of Arnold Schoenberg, whose Verklärte Nacht is one of the most important works of early 20th century chamber music. Heard here in its original 1917 version for string sextet, this late romantic work is based on a poem by German poet Richard Dehmel which describes the conversation between a man and woman walking through a dark forest at night.  Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major earned the nickname “Ghost” as the result of its eerie sounding second movement which Beethoven’s student Czerny claimed reminded him of the ghost scene at the opening of Hamlet. The trio’s final movement however turns the lights back on as Beethoven concludes the work with a cheery and lighthearted flourish.

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 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

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 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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