In what Spectrum Director Dan Sigale calls “what we hope is our final livestream-only event,” Spectrum Chamber Music Society returns to the beautiful FUMCFW Sanctuary on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 pm to perform its spring concert that features celebrated works in minor keys by Beethoven and Dvorak as the bookends surrounding Spectrum-favorite Till MacIvor Meyn’s bright and sunny composition, Orion for Clarinet, Viola and Piano.
Saying that Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in C Minor is arguably the most popular of 10 sonatas he wrote for violin and piano, Sigale explains that this is mostly because of its drama, passion and power. “Unlike most of the previous composers of sonatas who wrote the piano part to be more challenging than the violin part, Beethoven was a violinist as well as a pianist, so he was well-equipped to explore the expressiveness and technical challenges of the violin,” he adds. “In doing so, he made the violin an equal partner to the piano.”
Sigale says that Spectrum is also pleased to be performing another piece by local composer and professor, Till MacIvor Meyn, whose Flights of Fancy string quartet had its world premiere during their 2019-2020 season. “Orion for Clarinet, Viola and Piano was written several years before the quartet,” he adds, “and the two are quite different from each other. This piece features four contrasting movements that include beautiful soaring melodies, exciting beebop-like passages, and even a tango!”
This delightful program will end with Antonio Dvorak’s stunning Trio in E minor for Violin, Cello and Piano. “When you hear a piece as monumental in scope as Dvorak’s masterpiece,” Sigale explains, “there’s no way of topping it. The piece is nicknamed the “Dumky” trio, because it’s based on a form of Ukranian storytelling and dance known as the “dumka” (“dumky” is the plural). The dumka style features sudden dramatic changes in personality, sometimes exploding into a whirlwind passage of joy and other times veering toward a slower, lamentative mood.”
Be sure to mark your calendar and set a reminder for 7:00 pm on Monday evening for an evening filled with beautiful music compliments of our friends at Spectrum Chamber Music Society — right from the comfort of your own living room.
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Ke Mai, violin
Misha Berestnev, piano
TILL MACIVOR MEYN: Orion for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (2009)
Ivan Petruzziello, clarinet
Dan Sigale, viola
Shields-Collins Bray, piano
ANTONIN DVORAK: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, “Dumky”, Op. 90
Ordabek Duissen, violin
Allan Steele, cello
Tanya Karyagina, piano