Time: November 25, 2012 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
Website or Map: http://www.sundaychatter.org
Event Type: music, and, spoken, word
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2012
String Quintets by Brahms and Chatter’s James Shields
From the moment one hears the Cello's emphatically soaring statements at the opening of his String Quintet in G Major we know that we are experiencing Johannes Brahms at his best. The string quintet is a much less common instrumental combination than the ubiquitous string quartet, however, when great composers chose to write a string quintet, the results are frequently stunning. In addition to Brahms, composers such as Mozart and Schubert shined when writing for the medium - as they were challenged to think outside of the box by adding an extra instrument, but remained grounded in the tradition of great string quartet writing in the process. Schubert's C major Cello Quintet (for string quartet plus an additional cello) is one of the composers most beloved works of chamber music, and Mozart composed vividly for a quintet with 2 violins, 2 violas, and cello in his 6 String quintets. Brahms follows Mozart's model and deploys an extra Viola to increase the depth of the middle register in his two String Quintets, No. 1 in F Major Opus 88, and No. 2 in G Major, Opus 111.
In addition to Brahms' String Quintet, this program includes a world premiere from Chatter artistic director James Shields. Taking the quintets of Mozart and Brahms as his models, Shields' String Quintet, entitled “Holds Ghosts,” continues his exploration of the sound world found in his work from 2010, “Of Observation and Experience,” also premiered by Chatter.
Shields says of his quintet, "I've always been extremely fond of the string quintets of Mozart and Brahms, and so when the idea came up for me to compose a work to accompany Brahms' great Quintet in G, I jumped at the opportunity. I also felt that I had more to say through the musical language I had been developing for “Of Observation and Experience,” and this felt like the perfect opportunity to continue working with those sounds. While the composition is not based on any extra musical narrative, I was preoccupied with how we build and maintain memories throughout our life, and the process of sometimes letting those memories fade, hence the works title."
This week’s spoken word portion of the program will be by Kevin R. Elder, a playwright, director, and performer who has been the Co-Artistic Director of Tricklock Company since 2009. Elder became extremely dedicated to devised theatre and new work in 1999 upon completion of his first original performance, Tiny Caravans. Since then, Elder has been a part of creating more than a dozen highly acclaimed original works which include: Billy The Kid, Splinters, Love and Beauty, Tangential, Knit, Black River Falling, and Catgut Strung Violin (Outstanding Original Work, Ottawa Fringe, Alibi’s Best Performance 2009). Elder’s recent production, Lullabies for My Father, was invited to the prestigious Passing of The Flame Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. Elder will be presenting a reading from his newest dramatic work, Disposable Boys, a heartbreaking play about two teenage brothers growing up impoverished in a trailer park.
Sunday Chatter 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 Chatter website, www.sundaychatter.org