Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

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Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Time: April 20, 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 10, 2014

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Felberg and Becktell  Violin and Cello   Bach and Brahms

For Easter Sunday, we play of course, Bach, this time the Violin Partita in B minor.  Each one of the 4 movements, is followed by a "double", which is a virtuosic variation of it's preceding movement.  In this special performance, David will play the main movements, and Joel will play the doubles on a five-string cello, adding new color and interest to this glorious work.


In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was not unusual to perform concerti in recitals with piano.  This tradition died out mid to late century, as audiences were demanding to hear these pieces in their original form, with all of the orchestral color and nuance.  For Easter Sunday at the Kosmos, we revisit this tradition, as Joel and David perform the magnificent Brahms Double Concerto in A minor.  After hearing Dvorak's cello concerto, Brahms had wished he had written a cello concerto, this piece became the next best thing.  It is unusual in that it begins with cadenzas in both instruments, and blooms into glorious interplay between both instruments and the piano.


Cellist Joel Becktell has performed, taught, and lectured throughout North and Central America and Europe. He has served as Principal Cellist of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Pro Musica and is Assistant Principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony. Joel appears frequently on Baroque and modern cello and violoncello piccolo as soloist and with ensembles throughout North America. He is a founding member of REVEL, a chamber ensemble performing an exceptionally wide-ranging repertoire (, and a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus (Ohio). His latest CD is Bach’s Solo Cello Suites, Volume I.


This week, the spoken word portion of the program will be presented by Bill O’Neill. O’Neill grew up in rural Central Ohio, and graduated from Cornell University before moving to New Mexico in the early 90's. A co-founder of Dismas House NM-- a residential program that reintegrates male and female parolees back into the community-- Bill now works with mentoring program for high-risk juvenile offenders. He is also a State Senator, representing District 13, and is Vice Chair of Senate Public Affairs. A self-professed "liberal arts casualty", Bill's poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Rolling Stock, The Santa Fe Literary Review and the Malpais Review, among others. Senator O'Neill has recently been performing his work, especially from a manuscript entitled "Under The JumboTron", and will do so at Chatter.

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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