Life Affirmed

Chamber Soirées
October 13, 2019Sunday | 4:00 pm | Holley Hall

Program

HAAS    Wind Quintet, Op. 10

Betsy Traba, flute; Nicholas Arbolino, oboe; Bharat Chandra, clarinet / E-flat clarinet; Joshua Horne, horn; Fernando Traba, bassoon

BRAHMS    Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

Jennifer Best Takeda, violin; Matthew Pegis, viola; Christopher Schnell, cello; Jonathan Spivey, piano

The life-affirming nature of music is on display in this program featuring works by Brahms and the Czech composer Pavel Haas. Haas’ Quintet was composed in 1929, some 15 years before the composer died in Auschwitz. The work is deeply rooted in Haas’ love of folk music and Hebrew chant, and is infused with a sense of hope that permeates all his works. Brahms began work on his Piano Quartet No. 1 the year after the death of his friend Robert Schumann, and the premiere of the piece saw Robert’s widow Clara at the piano. The expansive work was the first of Brahms’ chamber music to achieve wide success.

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