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"Bright Mozart"

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7:30 p.m., Monday January 21

Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma  -
Concert 3 of our Tenth Anniversary Season –
“Bright Mozart”




Monday, January 21, 2013                                                                     Tuesday, January 22,  2013                          
  7:30 pm (reception following)                                                              7:30 pm (reception following)
 All Souls’ Episcopal Church                                St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave. (at 63rd Street)                           127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson)

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On January 21-22, 2013, Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present two performances of the third concert of its Tenth Anniversary Season, “Bright Mozart.”  This program features the return appearance of guest artist Craig Goodman, Professor of Chamber Music at the National Conservatory in Strasbourg, France – not only as a flutist, but this time also as a composer.  In addition to performing the world premiere of Mr. Goodman’s new work, Brightmusic will perform three Mozart works and one by the 19th Century French composer César Franck.           

 

The works on the program are: (1)  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major, K.285; (2) Franck’s Sonata in A Major for Flute and Piano; (3) Mr. Goodwin’s new work, “Off the Beaten Bath;” (4) Mozart’s “Magic Flute Fantasy,” arranged by the contemporary American arranger/composer Michael Webster; and (5) Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K.285.    

 

Five Brightmusic musicians will appear with Mr. Goodman on this concert:  Gregory Lee (violin), Mark Neumann (viola), Jonathan Ruck (cello), Chad Burrow (clarinet) and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano).   

 

The performances will take place: (1) on Monday, January 21st at 7:30 pm in northwest OKC (at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)  and (2) on Tuesday, January 22nd at 7:30 pm in downtown OKC (at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street).  Admission is $10 per adult; students and Season Members are free of charge.  A reception with the musicians will follow each performance. 

 

For more information, press may contact David Johnson at 216-5595.

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Guest Artist/Composer and Brightmusic Musicians Appearing

 


Guest Artist/Composer:  Craig Goodman, concert flutist, composer and Professor of Chamber Music and Coordinator of the Chamber Music Department at the National Conservatory in Strasbourg, France.  Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark; Artistic Director of Rencontres Musicales de Genève in Switzerland.  BA and MM, Yale University; post-graduate studies in analysis and composition, École Normale Supérieure de Paris.  For more information about Mr. Goodman, visit www.flutist.com

Violin:  Dr. Gregory Lee, Associate Professor of Violin, University of Oklahoma; Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.  Gregory regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players.  BM, The Julliard School; MM and DMA, University of Michigan.

 

Viola:  Dr. Mark Neumann, Associate Professor of Viola, University of Oklahoma; violist with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra.  Mark regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players.  BM and MM, University of Victoria; Advanced Certificate and DMA, The Julliard School.

 

Cello:  Dr. Jonathan Ruck, Assistant Professor of Cello, University of Oklahoma; Principal Cellist with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra.  Jon regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players.  BM, MM and DMA, Indiana University.

 

Clarinet: Chad Burrow, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan; former Principal Clarinetist, OKC Philharmonic Orchestra.  Chad is the clarinetist in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Clarion and the violin-clarinet-piano ensemble Trio Solari.  BM, Northwestern University; MM, Yale University.  Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic.

 

Piano:  Dr. Amy I-Lin Cheng, concert pianist; Lecturer of Piano at the University of Michigan; faculty member at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.  Amy is the pianist in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Clarion and the violin-clarinet-piano ensemble Trio Solari.  BM, The Curtis Institute of Music; MM and Artist Diploma, Yale University; DMA, New England Conservatory.  Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic

 


Musical Works To Be Performed

 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major, K.285b (flute, violin, viola and cello):  Mozart (1756-1791) learned to play the keyboard at age 3, started composing at age 5, and learned the violin at age 6 on a tour during which he and his child-prodigy sister performed all over Europe.  He was “history’s first important professional ‘freelance’ musician” [David Dubal].  “There was literally nothing in music he could not do better than anybody else” [Harold Schonberg].  Mozart probably wrote the third of his four flute quartets in Vienna in 1781-82, shortly after he told his father he wanted to marry Constanze Weber, but before they married in August 1782, to his father’s displeasure.  This is a melodious, two-movement quartet, in which the flute plays the primary role.  Mozart adapted the second movement from the sixth movement of his Serenade No. 10 for Winds, K.361/370a.

 


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César Franck, Sonata in A Major for Flute and Piano: Franck (1822-1890) was born in Belgium but lived most of his life in Paris.  He entered the Paris Conservatoire at age 15 but did not teach there until much later in his life.  He toiled in relative obscurity for a pianistic child prodigy, migrating from the piano to the organ at age 30.  Deeply religious, he served as the organist of Saint-Jean-Saint-Francois and Saint-Clothilde in Paris.  When he joined the faculty of the Paris Conservatoire at age 51, he was officially the professor or organ, but unofficially he was also a professor of composition.  Influenced by Wagner more than he might have admitted, Franck’s harmoniously rich, modulating style had a great influence on French Romantic music, both through his own compositions and those of his protégés.  Franck helped re-focus French music from opera to orchestral and chamber music, as well as music for the keyboard.  He wrote this sonata in 1886, originally for violin and piano, as a wedding gift for the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.  Franck’s student Vincent d’Indy described the sonata as “the first and purest model of the cyclical use of themes in sonata form.” 

 

Craig Goodman, “Off the Beaten Path” – World Premiere (violin, cello, clarinet and piano):  Guest artist Craig Goodman has composed 16 works for instrumental and vocal ensembles.  Craig’s compositions are decidedly lyrical, always written with particular people and places in mind.  He composed “Nationalparken” with the novelist Knud Sorensen to celebrate the opening of Denmark’s first national park, and “Eli’s Brother” for commemorative ceremonies in Lodz, Poland on commission from the City of Lodz.  “Off the Beaten Path” is a single-movement composition that sets elements and themes beyond their habitual contexts, rendering the work both familiar and abstract, not unlike works by the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, whose drawings and sketches have indeed affected the composition of this piece.  Conversation fragments have also found their way into this work, giving the performers a chance for some provocative and amusing verbal exchanges.

                             

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Magic Flute Fantasy,” arr. Michael Webster (flute, clarinet and piano):  “Die Zauberflöte” (the “The Magic Flute”), K.620, was the last of Mozart’s 23 operas.  He completed most of it in July 1791, except for the overture and a march, which he finished only two days before the premiere.  Mozart was the first composer “to make comic opera transcend mere entertainment” [Schonberg].  The opera opened to packed houses on September 30, 1791, “by far the biggest success with which Mozart had been associated in Vienna” [Schonberg].  On December 5, Mozart was dead.  It is said that, on his deathbed, Mozart attempted to sing Papageno’s aria “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja” (“The Birdcatcher, That’s Me”) – the second work featured in this Fantasy crafted by contemporary American clarinetist and arranger Michael Webster.  The Fantasy extracts portions of the Overture, the Finale and seven arias and choruses, ingeniously stitched together by other fragments of this ever-popular opera. 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K.285 (flute, violin, viola and cello): The manuscript of this quartet is dated December 25, 1777.  The 21-year-old genius and his mother were in the third month of a European tour.  Severe winter weather kept them in Mannheim, Germany on their way to Paris.  While they wintered in Mannheim, Mozart fell in love with the 17-year-old Aloysia Weber (he later married her less beautiful, younger sister Constanze).  Mozart also met an amateur flutist, Ferdinand Dejean, a surgeon for the Dutch East India Company, who commissioned this and Mozart’s second flute quartet.  The first movement of this quartet is “melodious;” the second movement, written in B minor (a “rare key in Mozart”) is “slow” and “eloquent;” and the third movement features a “kittenish finish” [Julian Rushton].

Where: All Souls' Episcopal Church
Phone: 842-1461
Address: 6400 N. Pennsylvania

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6400 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK
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