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By February 1, 2017Music & Worship Arts

spectrum1Share the Gift of Spectrum Chamber Music with Someone You Love!

Whether attending this Valentine’s Day Eve event as a romantic evening for two, date night with another couple, exposing the kids to quality classical music, or just indulging in a little bit of self-care, our next Gift of Music concert is the place to be as we continue 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, a founding member of The Spectrum Chamber Music Society and its director for the past 30 years, is a 38-year member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. This season Kathryn Perry and Dan Sigale will take the helm as 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 says. 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.”

The City declared May 16, 2016, a “Spectrum Chamber Music Day” in honor of The Spectrum as the longest continuously running chamber music series in Fort Worth, as well as honoring 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 February concert will feature Petite Suite pour flute et bassoon by Pierre Max Dubois, String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 by Johannes Brahms, and Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel. Look for Kathryn as she plays the violin in the latter.

Spectrum_0003_b1Ravel wrote his Sonata for Violin and Cello (a string quartet) in 1903 while still a student at the Conservatory, seeking rein in the abandon of “the vagueness and formlessness of the early French impressionists in favor of a return to classical standards.” Ravel wanted the music to be restrained, held back, with precise tempos. In addition, no single pitch could be more important than those surrounding it. This Ravel work is one of the most treasured pieces of French chamber music in the repertoire today.

Petite Suite for Flute and Bassoon is a good example of the charm and wit that characterizes Pierre Max Dubois’ music. He mainly composed for woodwinds, and is also known for his Alto Saxophone Concerto.

Brahms was 40 years old when he published his two first string quartets, Op. 51, and they were a long time coming. Brahms considered the string quartet to be an important genre, and he was intimidated to write anything that could compare to the monumental quartets by Beethoven. Apparently he destroyed around 20 string quartets that he felt were insufficient before allowing the Op. 51 quartets to be published.

Please join us on Monday, February 13, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Leonard Memorial Chapel for the second 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. “The musicians are here because they love the music and want to share this music with our audience!” Kathryn exclaims. “We hope your church community will feel proud that you have a beautiful visual and acoustic space to hear music, and proud that your congregation treasures beautiful music. We also hope that your community will have a chance to know the musicians in Fort Worth.”

Plus, mark your calendars for the final Spectrum concert of the season on May 1 — same time, same place. For more information, contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org | 817-339-2405).

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