Church of Beethoven

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Church of Beethoven

Time: December 11, 2011 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
City/Town: Albuquerque
Website or Map: http://www.churchofbeethoven.…
Phone: 505-234-4611
Event Type: music, and, poetry
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2011

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Mendelssohn Konzerstuck

This week Felix Mendelssohn’s Konzerstuck No. 1 and No. 2 for clarinet, basset horn and piano will be performed with Steve Ahearn, clarinet and basset horn, James Shields, clarinet and basset horn, and Pamela Pyle, piano.


These two late works of Mendelssohn are light, fun, flashy and sure to be crowd-pleasers.  Written for Clarinet, Basset Horn, and Piano, Mendelssohn writes virtuosic music for all three performers, and takes particular joy in exploring the extended range of the Basset Horn, the alto voice of the clarinet family.  But there's more here than just clarinet pyro-technics, moments of quiet lyricism are found in each works' middle movement.  Church of Beethoven Artistic Director, James Shields, will be joined by long time friend and colleague, clarinetist Steve Ahearn, of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


The poet this week is Gary Jackson, who was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas where he attended Washburn University and worked the graveyard shift at a yearbook plant for five years. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in “BorderSenses,”  “The Laurel Review,” “Tin House,” “Phoebe” and elsewhere. He is the winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his book “Missing You, Metropolis.” He currently lives in Albuquerque where he received his MFA from UNM, and he has been a fierce lover of comics for over twenty years.


The Church of Beethoven offers weekly Sunday morning concerts at 10:30 a.m., which also include readings and refreshments. A program calendar can be found at The Church of Beethoven performances are held in the Kosmos performance space at the Factory on 5th, 1715 Fifth St NW, Albuquerque. 


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

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