Have you ever wondered where composers find the inspiration to create new pieces? Or what’s involved in composing the music that adds emotional depth to movies and live theater?
This season, The Musical Offering goes Behind the Scenes to explore the stories and lives of composers, delving into dramas at competitions, experimentation in musical styles, the importance of patrons, and unique paths to success, including films and incidental music.
To top it off, we will celebrate the anniversaries of two towering musicians: the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann, and the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Act I: Jazz & Romance
November 24, 2019
Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 22 by Clara Schumann
Lush and affectionate, the genius of composer Clara Schumann shines through
Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, Op. 86 by Nikolai Kapustin
A jazzy trio of kaleidoscopic colors and dazzling energy
Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 by Johannes Brahms
The original nonet version of one of Brahms’ most sunny and tuneful pieces
Act II: Upon a Winter's Day
February 2, 2020
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos
An evocation of the sounds of the rain forest and an homage to Bach
Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet by Arthur Bliss
An intricate and serious work, commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge as Bliss was expanding his classical career while writing music for film and ballet
Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
The last of three magnificent quartets commissioned by the Russian Ambassador to Vienna, Count Andreas Razumovsky
Act III: Spring Serenade – The Annual Food and Wine Concert
March 8, 2020
Suite from Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11 by Erich Korngold
Luscious incidental music, full of humor and love, for four scenes from Shakespeare’s endearing comedy
Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano, WoO 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven wrote this youthful Trio when he was only 15 years old for one of his piano students and her family
Nonetto for Chamber Ensemble by Nino Rota
A quirky, delightful piece from the man who scored movies for the likes of Fellini, Zeffirelli, and Coppolaky
Act IV: Romp & Circumstance
May 17, 2020
L'Heure du Berger by Jean Françaix
A frisky romp in three scenes depicting Parisians enjoying a stylish café, complete with veryenergetic children
Sonata for Viola and Piano by Rebecca Clarke
Rhapsodic and warm, this sonata will win your heart as we celebrate the 100th birthday of its creation
Nonet in E-flat Major, Op. 139 by Josef Rheinberger
We end our season with the lush late romantic sonorities of Rheinberger’s Nonet
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