NOR Pick 3

Fri 7/19/19 8:00PM - Sat 8/17/19 4:00PM

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NOR Pick 3

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Concert In The Style Of 1810 Friday, July 19, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Concert In The Style Of 1810

MOZART:  Overture from Marriage of Figaro
MOZART:  Oboe Quartet in F Major, K 370
POULENC:  Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
SAINT-SAËNS:  Étude en Forme de Valse
PUCCINI:  Che Gelida Manina from La Bohème
PRYOR:  Thoughts of Love
MAURER:  Concertante for Four Violins and Piano

James Austin Smith  oboe,  Scott Hartman  trombone,
André-Michel Schub  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

The concert experience in 1810 was very different from today. With a variety of performers, single movements, opera excerpts, virtuosic showpieces and lovely melodies, all on one concert, it was truly a feast for the audience. Here we offer our take on that model, with works ranging from Mozart to the 21st century.

Quartet Roots Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Quartet Roots

MOZART:  String Quartet, K 458,”Hunt”
GLIÈRE:  Andante from String Quartet, Op 2
FRANCK:  Scherzo from String Quartet in D Major
SERVAIS:  Fantasie Sur Deux Airs Russes, Op 13
SCHUBERT:  String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, “Death and the Maiden”

Miró Quartet

The Miró Quartet pays homage to pioneers of chamber music in America by recreating this program of the famed Kneisel Quartet at the Schubert Club during the Quartet’s 25th anniversary season in 1910. While named for violinist Franz Kneisel, most of their programs featured a solo cello piece performed by Alwin Schroeder.

Siblings Friday, July 26, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »

FELIX MENDELSSOHN:  Piano Trio in d minor, Op 49
FANNY MENDELSSOHN:  Piano Trio in d minor, Op 11
FELIX MENDELSSOHN:  Octet for Strings, Op 20

Wendy Chen  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

Composers and performers have always sought instruments that enlarge sonic and expressive possibilities, and instrument makers have responded, making instruments capable of greater power and finesse. This program allows you to hear the step from harpsichord to piano, from natural horn to the modern horn, as well as the introduction of the metronome in Beethoven’s music, where the composer establishes a greater power over the performer by dictating with specificity how fast or slow the music should be performed.

Lost Genius: Clara Schumann Saturday, July 27, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Lost Genius: Clara Schumann

C SCHUMANN:  Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op 22
C SCHUMANN:  Scherzo No. 2 for Solo Piano, Op 14
R SCHUMANN:  String Quartet in a minor, Op 41, No. 1
BRAHMS:  Piano Quartet in c minor, Op 60, “Werther”

Miró Quartet,  Melvin Chen  piano

Clara Schumann was a virtuoso pianist and an accomplished composer, as well as a profound influence on two of the most-revered composers of the Romantic era: her husband Robert Schumann, and their beloved friend, Johannes Brahms.

Popular Music Friday, August 2, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Popular Music

SCHOENBERG:  from Brettl-lieder (cabaret songs)
MILHAUD:  La Création du Monde arr. for Piano Quintet
DAUGHERTY:  Dead Elvis
DOHNÁNYI:  Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Piano, and Strings

Frank Morelli  bassoon,  Martin Beaver  violin,
Melissa Reardon  viola,  Raman Ramakrishnan  cello,
Melvin Chen  piano,  Janna Baty  mezzo-soprano,
with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

All four works in this program incorporate elements of popular music into the world of art music. You will hear elements of jazz, of cabaret, of the sophisticated parties of the 1920s jazz age, and in the piece by Michael Daugherty, hints of rock and roll.

In The Face Of Death Saturday, August 3, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
In The Face Of Death

DEBUSSY:  Sonata for Violin and Piano in g minor
R STRAUSS:  Four Last Songs
SCHUBERT:  Cello Quintet in C Major, Op 163, D 956

Martin Beaver  violin,  Raman Ramakrishnan  cello,
Melvin Chen   piano,  Janna Baty  mezzo-soprano,
with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

This program features works written in the final year of each composer’s life — and each reflects a different take on the expected and impending end of life. There are flashes of mystery and brilliant light in the Debussy and Schubert works, whereas the Strauss provides a sense of calm and acceptance.

Emerson String Quartet Friday, August 9, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Emerson String Quartet

HADYN:  String Quartet in D Major, Op 71, No. 2
BARTÓK:  String Quartet No. 5
BEETHOVEN:  String Quartet in e minor, Op 59, No. 2

Emerson String Quartet

“The Emerson has staked its claim to being the one indispensable quartet in a world that is constantly creating more, excellent ensembles.” newsday

Concerto Night! Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Concerto Night!

VIVALDI:  Concerto for Violin, Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Two Horns
VIVALDI:  Concerto for Two Cellos
BACH:  Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
VIVALDI:  Concerto for Four Violins
MOZART:  Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K 414

William Purvis  horn,  Melvin Chen  violin,
Ani Kavafian  violin,  Ole Akahoshi   cello,
Gilbert Kalish  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

We close our Chamber Music Series by showcasing the Norfolk Faculty and Fellows with a program of concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart. Join us for this celebratory program of virtuosic playing by Norfolk Fellows and Faculty alike.

Choral Festival Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Choral Festival

With a first-rate choir and ensemble, coupled with Simon Carrington’s remarkable programming, this concert has always been a highlight of the Norfolk summer. This stunning program showcases a range of choral music from four centuries, and includes works for chorus alone, some with a soloist and some accompanied by a top flight instrumental ensemble — and encompasses everything from majestic beauty, to works of intimacy, and always a piece of great humor and joy. All in the Music Shed’s outstanding acoustics where you’ll hear every detail. You won’t want to miss this one!

Simon Carrington  Director | conductor
Emilia Donato  soprano,
Ilya Poletaev  Associate Director | keyboards
Jacques Lee Woodcello
with the Norfolk Festival Chamber Choir and Orchestra