Titans of Two Centuries

Chamber Soirées

Single tickets go on sale Tuesday September 3, 2019

October 10, 2019Thursday | 5:30 pm | Holley Hall


PROKOFIEV    Sonata in C Major for Two Violins, Op. 56

Samantha Bennett, violin; Jennifer Best Takeda, violin

BEETHOVEN    Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Bharat Chandra, clarinet; Fernando Traba, bassoon; Nathan Ukens, horn; Christopher Takeda, violin; Nathan Frantz, viola; Christopher Schnell, cello; John Miller, double bass


Travel backward in time to the early 20th and 19th centuries in this program that features glimpses into the genius of two of music history’s giants. Serge Prokofiev was said to have decided to write his Sonata for Two Violins in 1932 after having heard what he considered a dreadful duet for two violins by another composer. The lyrical work shows the beauty and variety that two solitary instruments can produce when in the hands of a master composer. Beethoven’s Septet was first performed in 1800 and was one of the composer’s most successful works to that point. The large group, 7 winds and strings, offers an almost symphonic approach to chamber music. The work remained so popular during his lifetime that even years later patrons would occasionally request that the mature Beethoven revert to the “agreeable” musical style of the Septet, prompting what must have been a colorful response from the notorious genius.


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