"The Music of France"
the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble!
Since 2003, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble has offered Oklahoma audiences a regular season of chamber music performances presented by an ensemble of musicians largely based in the Oklahoma City metro area and special guest artists. This past June the Society presented its third annual Spring Festival, a four-concert event entitled “The Music of France." Chamber ensemble combinations include voice and instrumental duos, trios and quartets and feature works by a range of French composers writing in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Performance Oklahoma presents all of this season’s Festival performances in three broadcast programs to be offered in the final three weeks of July,on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings on Classical KUCO and Saturday evenings on Classical KWTU, both evening and morning broadcasts at 8!
The first program of three features performances from Festival concerts 1 (The French Clarinet) and 2 (Ravel and Fauré) and opens with the Sonata No. 1 in C Major for Clarinet and Piano by François Devienne followed by three short salon pieces; (Maurice Ravel's Pièce en forme de Habanera, the Canzonetta Op 19 of Gabriel Pierne and the Arabesque of Germain Tailleferre; these works offered in the first concert entitled "The French Clarinet." A performance of the Piano Trio in d minor, Op 120 by Gabriel Fauré rounds out the first hour. In the second, we'll hear Camille Saint-Saëns' Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op 167, the Petite Pièce & the Première Rhapsodie of Claude Debussy, and the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Maurice Ravel; the performance of this work and the Piano Trio of Fauré presented in the Festival's second concert.