Season 8 of the Missouri Chamber Music Festival explores instrumental partnerships from the seemingly disparate to the obviously kindred. From “Duo” which highlights an unusual pairing of vibraphone and cello amidst a like-minded partnering of pianos, to the Festival Finale which is rich with contrasts throughout, each concert of the 2018 Festival displays an unusual musical relationship. Works of MOCM’s featured composer, Martin Bresnick, appear throughout the Festival and showcase the voice of a modern master. We look forward to sharing each of these diverse, carefully curated programs with you!
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Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7 pm Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University 470 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves
General admission $25
Francis Poulenc: Sonata Martin Bresnick: Songs of the Mouse People Robert Schumann: Six Études in the Form of Canons Camille Saint-Saëns: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 35
Martin Bresnick’s Songs of the Mouse People meditates on a Kafka story which features a mouse diva and her art. MOCM welcomes duo New Morse Code: Hannah Collins, cello and Michael Compitello, percussion to bring this unique piece to life. Pianists, Nina Ferrigno and Hugh Hinton bring affinity to their two-piano partnership in works from the very personal Six Études of Schumann arranged by Claude Debussy to the full-out force of Poulenc’s clangorous Sonata. Approximate run time is 90 minutes including an intermission.
MOCM Morning Music Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 10:30 am The Pillsbury Theatre, 560 Music Center 560 Trinity Avenue, University City
General admission $12
Camille Saint-Saëns: Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 Darius Milhaud: Suite for violin, clarinet, and piano, Op. 157b Béla Bartók: Six Romanian Folk Dances Bohuslav Martinu: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano
Folk idiom connects the vibrant works on our popular Morning Music concert. Bright musical colors and warm expression combine when wind instruments, piano, and strings explore musical partnerships throughout this lively concert. Each of the evocative pieces on this concert creates a cultural atmosphere specific to each composer’s time and place. Approximate run time is 60 minutes with no intermission.
String Serenade Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 5 pm First Congregational Church of Webster Groves 10 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves
General admission $20
Zoltán Kodály: Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12 Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111
Inventive sonorities are created through addition and subtraction of the ‘expected.’ Kodaly subtracts the depth of the cello from his instrumentation in Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, but adds richness of texture while keeping things light and airy. Brahms adds another viola in the String Quintet, Op. 111 and deepens the middle register of a typical string quartet sonority. Each of these imaginative works for strings taps into Hungarian passion. Approximate run time is 60 minutes with no intermission.
Festival Finale Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7 pm E. Desmond Lee Hall, 560 Music Center 560 Trinity Avenue, University City
General admission $30
Béla Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano Martin Bresnick: And I Always Thought César Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor
Inspiration abounds in the Festival Finale. The three composers represented here found musical impetus from different sources. The clarinetist Benny Goodman commissioned Béla Bartók to write his brilliant Contrasts for the unusual combination of violin, clarinet, and piano. Martin Bresnick’s creative exploration of our humanity is inspired, in part, by the writer Bertold Brecht. Inspired use of violin, clarinet, and piano gives voice to this recent composition by an American master. Considered to be one of his highest achievements, Franck’s Piano Quintet was dedicated to, and premiered by, Camille Saint-Saëns. Approximate run time is 90 minutes including an intermission.