Nov. 17

Concordia Santa Fe Presents: ‘Chiaroscuro’

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Chiaroscuro: The Marriage of Darkness and Light

Concordia Santa Fe will present its third chamber series concert of 2013, entitled Chiaroscuro. Five ensembles of two to ten musicians each will perform a varied program of repertoire including works by Walter Hartley, Dana Wilson, Paul Hindemith, Steve Reich, and Georges Enescu. These selections showcase the wind players’ and percussionists’ wide spectrum of emotive styles, from grave to joyful.

Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted at the door. The concert will take place:
Sunday, November 17, 2013
2:00 p.m.
St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Avenue

Walter Hartley’s Concertino da Camera explores the kinship of the saxophone to the brass family of instruments. While the saxophone is constructed of brass, the vibration of a reed produces the its sound, whereas the player buzzing his or her lips into a mouthpiece produces brass instruments’ sounds. The Concertino highlights the similarities and contrasting qualities of these instruments through four delightful vignettes of varying style.

Based on ancient Egyptian text, Dana Wilson’s Pu Em Remu is perhaps the most exotic of the program’s selections. The piece features the frenetic rhythms of two percussionists paired with sometimes pointed, sometimes flowing melodies from a single flute player. All three musicians also double as spoken-word vocalists, creating an edgy and primitive atmosphere.

Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Four Horns is truly a treasure of the chamber music world, and one that is perhaps under-performed. Each of the four horn parts is quite independent, creating a musical texture that ebbs and flows between consonance and dissonance. The Sonata is in three movements, which are strung loosely together. A short, slow Fugato is the beginning, followed by a lively movement in the sonata form. The third movement consists of free variations on the old hunting and love song, "Ich schell mein Horn in Jammers Ton," by Duke Ulrich von Württemberg. 

Nagoya Marimbas brings the characteristic minimalism of Steve Reich’s composition to the percussion world. The two marimbas phase in and out of synchronicity with subtle variants on repeating themes, some of which are nearly imperceptible to the listener. The deep and mellow tone of the marimba is a particularly good match for this mesmerizing compositional technique.

No less than Pablo Casals called him “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart.” And he was considered to be first among his Paris Conservatory classmates, which included Ravel, Honegger, and Ibert. Yet, composer Georges Enescu has largely faded from sight. His works exhibit the drama and passion of the romantic era, seasoned with contemporary illustrative techniques. Dixtuor, Op.14, is scored for woodwind decet, employing two each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns.

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