Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

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Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Time: June 29, 2014 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
City/Town: Albuquerque
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Event Type: music, and, spoken, word
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Apr 24, 2014

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Mahler Symphony No. 4—an epic re-sized for chamber orchestra

Chatter takes Mahler's smallest symphony and shrinks it even more. While nothing about this symphony is anything less than epic, it is still one of Mahler's shortest symphonies (clocking-in at just under an hour, depending on the performance), and is one of the most lightly-scored (no trombones or tuba).  The work is also his most "classical" symphony as far as form, and perhaps texture and counterpoint as well. Taking this relative classical lightness one-step further, the fourth symphony also comes across brilliantly in two version for chamber orchestra: one by Erwin Stein, and another more recent arrangement by Klaus Simon.  


Mahler's Fourth was first arranged for chamber orchestra by Erwin Stein, to be mounted as part of Arnold Schoenberg's Society for Private Musical Performance.  Founded in Vienna in 1918, this organization was dedicated to the performance of new works and presented over 100 concerts between February 1919 and December 1921.  Schoenberg was fascinated by the idea of performing chamber arrangements of larger orchestral works, as he felt it allowed for listeners to hear the works in a new light.  This practice also provided listeners more opportunities to become acquainted with compositions intended for large orchestra that would otherwise be difficult to finance as post-war Vienna struggled with the effects of hyperinflation.  In more recent times, German pianist and conductor Klaus Simon has continued this tradition, arranging works by Schoenberg, Mahler, and others for chamber orchestra, including a 2007 arrangement of the Fourth Symphony, which Chatter will perform to round out an exciting month of June programs.  


In spite of the work's lack of either an epic brass section or the bombastic ending that we might expect from a Mahler symphony, this is one of Mahler's most transcendent works.  Much like the closing strands of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde,” the Fourth Symphony's closing measures dissolve into sweet sublimity, rather than hit us over the head with a wallop of full-force major triads, and the third movement paints one of the most beautiful musical landscapes in the history of western music.  Some of New Mexico's finest musicians will come together under the skillful direction of David Felberg, who will lead this performance—don't miss it!


This week, the spoken word portion of the program will be presented by the ABQ Youth Slam Team.

In July, ABQ's Youth Poetry Slam team will travel to Philadelphia, PA to compete in the 2014 Brave New Voices. This year ABQ will be represented by: Bianca Sanchez, Seth Wilson Gray, Victoria Alexander, Claire Wimborne, Amy Walther, and Sarah Smithson.


Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website,

Doors open at 9:30; for best seats, come early and enjoy the coffee and camaraderie!

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