featuring composer in residence, lembit beecher
July 11th at 7:30 pm at the Sugar Hill Meeting House
July 12th at 4 pm at the Mountain View Grand Resort
Innocence & Experience features music written by composers in their budding youth and in maturity, and asks: "What do these life-vantage points bring to music?"
We begin with a brilliant violin sonata by Mozart, as he struck out on his own for the first time, as a young, perhaps overly confident hothead. A quartet Rossini wrote at age 12, and then revisited later in life, provides food for thought. Finally, a stirring meditation from the great Hungarian composer, György Kurtág, written in his 70s, asks as many questions as it answers.
We are fortunate to have composer Lembit Beecher as our guest for this concert. Beecher's moving and tender Music for Bayside was written based on interviews he conducted with senior citizens at Bayside Senior Center in Queens. The result is thoughtful, at times playful, and deeply human.
Anchoring the concert is a late, great Haydn String Quartet - Op. 76 #2. A quintessential example of the height of Haydn's powers as a composer, after decades spent developing the quartet genre, this quartet is a perfect example of experience put to good use.
Mozart: Sonata for Violin & Piano in E flat, K. 302
Kurtag: Signs, Games, and Messages for Solo Bass
Rossini: Sonata for Wind Quartet in G Major
Beecher: Music for Bayside for Wind Quintet
Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76 #2