Atlanta Chamber Players present three dynamic programs
By Camie Sands, with music notes by Bryan Townsend
The Atlanta Chamber Players (ACP), a seven-member mixed ensemble of strings, winds and piano have performed critically acclaimed concerts in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and Europe and reached millions worldwide through live international radio broadcasts. The group has planned three varied and dynamic programs sure to appeal to the most seasoned and the least experienced audiences.
Atlanta Chamber Players present powerful premieres and familiar favorites
Thu, Fri & Sun, Aug 16, 17, & 19, 7pm
Ángela Peralta Theater
Cnr Mesones & Hernández Macías
Reserved seating: 450, 350 pesos, balconies non-reserved 150 pesos
To open their SMA concert series on Thursday, August 16, ACP will perform Beethoven’s graceful Serenade, Op. 25 for flute, violin, and viola. Following is the Latin American premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner John Harbison’s Songs America Loves to Sing, featuring such well-known tunes as Amazing Grace, We Shall Overcome and the St. Louis Blues. They will close their first concert with Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C minor, an outstanding romantic masterwork and audience favorite.
To close their concert Friday, August 17, the ACP are offering a rare staged performance of one of chamber music’s most moving works — George Crumb’s mysterious and dramatic Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale). Composed in 1971, Vox Balaenae was inspired by the singing of the humpback whale and is scored for masked musicians playing flute, cello and piano (all amplified in concert performance to become “larger than life.”) Experiencing this musical-theatrical masterpiece in live performance is not to be missed and promises to be one of the highlights of the Festival.
Friday’s program opens with Ernő Dohnányi’s exuberant Serenade for String Trio, followed by Johannes Brahms’ beloved Clarinet Trio, featuring lyrical and impassioned writing for piano, clarinet and cello.
Sunday, August 19, the ACP will play the final concert of the 2012 Festival, opening with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, an elegant work for clarinet, viola and piano. Next they interpret Pulitzer Prize-winner Ned Rorem’s Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano, a virtuosic showpiece for all instruments and with a conclusion brilliant like fireworks. Anchoring the concert will be a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s 1845 Piano Trio in C minor, the finale of which features a dramatic setting of a chorale melody taken from the 16th-century Geneva Psalter.
To close the Festival, the ACP will present the World Premiere of Alallal by Atlanta composer Michael Kurth. This septet features all the ACP musicians together on stage performing on flute, maracas, violin, viola, cello, and piano 4 hands. The title of Kurth’s work – Alallal – refers to its being composed for all a’ y’all in the Atlanta ensemble, and shows the strong influence of Latin rhythms, combined with American melodies in celebration of the group’s debut performances in Mexico. This World Premiere will bring an exuberant close to the Festival’s 34th season.
Individual concert tickets are now on sale at the Peralta Theater Box Office, corner of Mesones and Hernandez Macias (side door), from 10am-6pm, 5pm Sunday. Telephone: 415-152-2200. Prices 450 to 150 pesos. For Festival Patron packages and season tickets call 154-8722 or 150-0041 for personal assistance. Pricing, benefit packages, complete music programs, and group biographies available at www.festivalsanmiguel.com