The Spectrum of Chamber Music

By September 29, 2016Music & Worship Arts

the-gift-of-music-concert-series-16-17_hsJoin us on October 10 as we kick off the 20th season of The Spectrum Chamber Music Concert Series at FUMCFW!

The Spectrum, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s professional chamber music ensemble, is comprised of some of the finest musicians in the DFW area. Each year The Spectrum partners with our church to provide free performances open to the Fort Worth community and surrounding areas. This season marks 20 years of The Spectrum concerts at FUMCFW, and we can’t wait to hear the outstanding lineup of repertoire sure to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences of all ages!

Violist Dave Hermann, one of the founding members of The Spectrum Chamber Music Society and its director for the past 30 years, plans to retire from the Fort Worth Symphony in 2017. This season Kathryn Perry and Dan Sigale are the new Co-Directors of The Spectrum Chamber Music Society. “We are so honored that Dave chose us to take over this labor of love,” Kathryn exclaims. She joined the Fort Worth Symphony as a violinist in 2005, and it wasn’t long before Dave heard her audition and asked if she would like to join him in performing some quartets. “The first time I performed in a group with him, we played the first Brahms string quartet, which was such an exciting piece,” Kathryn recalls. “Since then, I’ve performed with various groups on Spectrum’s concerts.”spectrum4Recently the City declared May 16 a “Spectrum Chamber Music Day” in honor of The Spectrum as the longest continuously running chamber music series in Fort Worth, along with Dave’s 30 years of service. Kathryn describes our Spectrum Concert Series as a chance to hear Fort Worth musicians and their friends perform classical music that they love — up close and in person (thanks to the intimate setting of our Leonard Memorial Chapel). The Spectrum presents various groups playing music from a wide variety of composers. The October concert will feature a passacaglia for violin and double bass, a sonata for violin and cello, and a string quintet.

Look for Kathryn as she plays the violin in the “Passacaglia for Violin and Double Bass,” No. 6 from Suite in G Minor, HWV 432 by Georg Frederic Handel and Johan Halvorsen. A passacaglia is a dance form commonly used in compositions of the early 18th century, consisting of a slow-paced opening theme, with variations of increasing complexity. Johan Halvorsen took Handel’s chord progression and a more romanticized approach to the variations, which also highlighted string instrument technique. Although he wrote several symphonies, orchestral suites, and a violin concerto, Halvorsen is best known for this “Handel-Halvorsen” Passacaglia.

Kathryn says that she expects the “Sonata for Violin and Cello” by Maurice Ravel to be particularly interesting at this concert since many people in Fort Worth are excited about the Kimbell Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition of Claude Monet opening October 16. “Ravel’s music was in many ways a product of the impressionism in the visual arts,” Kathryn explains. “Although the exhibition focuses on Monet’s early years, Ravel’s sonata was written near the end of Monet’s life when he was creating his famous ‘Water Lilies.’”

spectrum1“String Quintet,” No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 was written by Johannes Brahms in the Austrian Alps in the summer of 1890. At the time, he intended for it to be his last composition. In a note to his publisher he wrote, “With this letter you can bid farewell to my music, because it is certainly time to leave off . . .” Fortunately for the music world, he was later coaxed out of his retirement. Many listeners hear symphonic qualities in this chamber music piece, as well as a variety of idioms ranging from Italian to Slavic to Hungarian. Following the first rehearsal of the piece, Brahms’ friend reported, “Today I heard enthusiastic shouts: ‘The most beautiful music he has ever composed!’ . . . I have often reflected on the subject of what happiness is for humanity. Well, today in listening to your music, that was happiness.”

Please join us on Monday, October 10, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Chapel for the first Spectrum concert of this special 20th anniversary season. Afterward, take advantage of the opportunity to meet and visit with the performers and enjoy refreshments during a reception in Wesley Hall. Kathryn Perry says that our church community offers The Spectrum such a beautiful visual and acoustic space to play and hear music for a congregation that treasures it, and she is very excited to also offer this community the chance to get to know these incredible Fort Worth musicians. Come and enjoy The Spectrum of chamber music here at FUMCFW.

Plus, mark your calendars for two more Spectrum concerts on February 13 and May 1 of 2017 — same time, same place. “We are excited about featuring FUMCFW’s organ in our next Spectrum series concert in February,” Kathryn adds. “Stay tuned!”

For more information, contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817-339-2405.

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