Welcome Spring with Eos Ensemble
Rescheduled! If you already purchased tickets for this event on its previous date, April 21, your tickets are still valid for this performance.
The Eos Ensemble returns to The Studio on Thursday, June 9 for a chamber music program inspired by Nature:
String Quartet in C Major Op.33, No.3 “The Bird”, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Adagio ma non troppo
“Dover Beach” for String Quartet and Baritone, Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Auf dem Flusse (On the River), Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Der stürmishce Morgen (The Stormy Morning)
Das Wirtshaus (The Inn)
Die Forelle (The Trout)
String Quartet in F Major, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Allegro moderato – tres doux
Assez vif – très rhythme
Vif et agite
Haydn’s String Quartet op.33 no.3 is subtitled “The Bird” because of its distinctive birdlike trills and grace note ornaments. Barber’s setting of Matthew Arnold’s poem evokes the waves on the ocean and the reflection of the moon on the water. Schubert is famous for his depictions of nature in his Lieder and the selections today depict the rippling river, a violent winter storm and a capricious trout darting to and fro in a clear brook. While the String Quartet in F by Ravel doesn’t refer to any specific nature imagery, his use of musical “impressionism” evokes many possibilities to the listener, perhaps a sunrise in the opening theme, or fierce gusts of wind in the finale.
Craig Reiss, violin
Karen Shinozaki, violin
Caroline Lee, viola
Thalia Moore, cello
Featured Artist: Timothy Murray, baritone
Heralded for his “firm, flexible baritone” (New York Times) and “swaggering, rakish” stage presence (Opera News), baritone Timothy Murray has won recognition in numerous competitions. Most recently, he performed in the Adler Fellowship Concert singing excerpts from Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Pasquale with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Eun Sun Kim.
Light refreshments will be served.
The Eos Ensemble, founded by violinist Craig Reiss, is an exciting chamber music group comprised mainly of members of the San Francisco Opera orchestra. The goal of the group is to present concerts of wide ranging musical styles and instrumental combinations. We offer the opportunity to hear these talented musicians rise from the pit to the stage, playing everything from Beethoven to Ligeti. Audiences throughout the Bay Area have been thrilled to experience the artistry normally reserved for the grand canvas of opera transformed to the intimacy of chamber music. The Eos Ensemble has received grants from Music Performance Trust Fund and KIDDO! to present educational concerts in the Mill Valley schools. They also recently performed on the national radio broadcast “West Coast Live.” San Francisco Classical Voice said, “Every little detail was perfectly in place and meticulously balanced… They played with genuine depth and power.”
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