Posted by Kimberly Powell on 09/01/2013
The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma
Schubert and Friends
Oklahoma City’s Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble continued its 10th Anniversary Season of chamber music concerts with a four-concert Spring Festival "Schubert & Friends" presented this past May. Featuring special guest clarinetist David Shifrin and tenor Andrew Ranson, the Festival offered a variety of works by Schubert as well as chamber pieces by Mozart, Crusell, Weber, and the world premier of "Quasi un Fantasia” by Christopher Theofanidis.
Performance Oklahoma presents the Festival in four broadcast programs airing throughout the month of August. And following those Festival programs each week, Performance Oklahoma offers a sampling of performances from the University of Central Oklahoma's Faculty Artist Concert Series offered this past season!
August 28th Edition Four
Bernard Crusell, a virtuoso clarinetist, a conductor, and the best known Finnish composer before Sibelius played an important role in transcribing the innovations of late classical style to the clarinet repertoire. The clarinet writing as found in his Clarinet Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op 2 is deftly idiomatic as well as soloistic; the Quartet emerging as a virtual concertante with strings. Clarinetist Chad Burrow, violinist Katrin Stamatis, violist Mark Neumann and cellist Jonathan Ruck perform the work on the third evening of the Festival.
By his own account Franz Schubert set about writing his Octet in F Major for Strings and Winds as a means of preparing himself to write a full-scale orchestral work using as a model, Beethoven’s Op 20 Septet. In six movements the piece is scored for clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet and double bass and offers musicians ample opportunities to display dazzling musicianship within masterfully instrumental textures. Presented on the opening concert, the performance features violinists Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis, violist Mark Neumann, cellist Jonathan Ruck, double-bassist George Speed, clarinetist Chad Burrow, bassoonist Carl Rath and hornist Kate Pritchett.
And in our final sampling from the Faculty Artist Concert Series from the University of Central Oklahoma we'll hear several songs from Ralph Vaughan Williams' cycle The Songs of Travel presented by bass-baritone Kevin Eckard, and pianist Richard Jobe on Tuesday, February 24th at the UCO Jazz Lab.