Posted by Kimberly Powell on 08/12/2013

August 7th Edition One

Featured in the first of four programs devoted to the Society's Festival are performances of the Rondo Brillant for Violin and Piano, a selection of Lieder for Tenor and Piano and the Sonata for Viola and Piano "Arpeggione" by Franz Schubert.  The Rondo Brilliant was one of the composer's few works to be published during his lifetime.  Schubert wrote the work for violinist Josef Slavik and pianist Karl von Bocklet, who championed the composer’s music during the final years of his life.  Though highly idiomatic and elegant, the virtuosity of both players encouraged Schubert to create very demanding music offered in this performance by violinist Gregory Lee and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng.
Among the first of the early Romantics, and more than any other, Franz Schubert established the German song or lied as an elevated 19th century art form inspired largely by 18th century lyric poetry. Tenor Andrew Ranson and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng present 10 lieder (and an encore!) showing the composer's stylistic and dramatic range.
Although it is unclear how or when he was first introduced to the arpeggione, Franz Schubert was a quick study on this new instrument, and wrote with remarkable sensitivity to its expressive speechlike quality and unique timbre, the unusual instrument (resembling a bowed and fretted six string guitar invented in Vienna the 1820s.  Violist Mark Neumann and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng round out this all Schubert edition with their performance of the Arpeggione Sonata.  Tune in Wednesday evening at 8!
And, to round out the second hour, we'll hear a performance of Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy given by flutist Natalie Syring and pianist Sallie Pollack on September 25th at the University of Central Oklahoma's Jazz Lab, part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series.