Mozart and a Guggenheim Fellow Pre-Concert Letter
Our next concert offers an extremely wide range of styles and musical languages. There is something for everyone in this eclectic concert, featuring a staple of the chamber music repertoire in Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and the world premiere of Adam Roberts’ Oboe Quartet. This premiere is a result of a generous commission from Jim Willey, an SCMR board member and composer, and we were fortunate to pick Adam before he was named a Guggenheim Fellow and was too swamped to take on our commission!
Bookending the concert are two thrilling works, Zoltán Kodály’s Serenade and for two violins and viola, and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield. Of his playful and approachable work, Schoenfield notes that the piece draws on “early 20th-century American, Viennese, light classical, gypsy, and Broadway styles”. Kodály’s Serenade blends folk-like melodies with modern harmonies; esteemed Hungarian composer Bela Bartok noted that Kodaly’s works “are the most perfect embodiment of the Hungarian spirit”.
We are pleased to offer complimentary wine tastings at intermission and invite you to join us! The pre-concert chat is at 3:30pm and the performance begins at 4pm.
Erik and Juliana