Atterberg Suite No. 3 and Shostakovich Viola Sonata
Strings are the focus this week with violin soloist David Felberg and viola soloist Shanti Randall being featured in Kurt Atterberg’s Suite No. 3 for Violin, Viola and String orchestra. Randall will be the soloist on Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for Viola and Piano.
Chatter performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s dark and brooding Sonata for Viola for Piano, which was completed in 1975, just before his death. His last composition, it is austere and elegiac; the final movement of the piece is dedicated to the "memory of a great composer"—Beethoven—and the homage includes a musical reference from his Moonlight Sonata, as well as a 30-bar passage in which Shostakovich quotes all 15 of his own symphonies.
In pastoral-like contrast to Shostakovich’s work, Kurt Atterberg’s Suite No. 3 for Violin, Viola, and String Orchestra is lyrical and lilting. Atterberg rearranged the piece from incidental music in a Maurice Maeterlinck play, in which a nun is abducted by her lover while praying in front of a statue of St. Mary. In the piece, the violin represents the nun; the viola, her lover. Swedish composer Atterberg (1887–1974) is currently enjoying a resurgence of recognition; his compositions are hallmarks of late romantic writing: longing, colorful, and energizing.
David Felberg is a violinist and conductor who is also Artistic Director and Co-founder of Chatter. He is Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony and Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic. He also teaches contemporary music at the University of New Mexico, and is the associate concertmaster of the NM Philharmonic. He maintains a robust conducting and concert soloist career, performing throughout the southwest.
Shanti Randall is an accomplished violist who attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, under full scholarship. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Randall has traveled the world extensively, playing in various symphonies and string quartets. He has also recorded and performed with an immense number of major recording artists and performed as violist in over 350 major motion picture scores.
This week the spoken word part of the program will be presented by Tony Mares. E. A. “Tony” Mares is a poet, historian, essayist, and fiction writer. His books include: The Unicorn Poem & Flowers and Songs of Sorrow With the Eyes of a Raptor and translations of Spanish poet Ángel González. His book of poetry, Conversations I Never Had With Patrociño Barela, was published by University of New Mexico Press.
Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12.
NEW ONLINE TICKETING SYSTEM Tickets will be available for September performances starting August 19 online at chatterabq.org on the Box Office page, and if still available, at the door. (Tickets for future months will also be available online 4-6 weeks in advance.)