Saturday, July 27th- White Recital Hall
Sunday, July 28th - St. Mary's Episcopal Church
We end Summerfest this year with Michael Haydn’s older brother Joseph and his String Quartet in D major, Op. 71, No. 2. Unlike most of his music, Haydn wrote this string quartet for skilled professionals to play before a large public audience in London. Instead of the small conversations we’re used to hearing in Haydn’s quartets, this one showcases broad slapstick to tell a story you’ll catch even in the back of the concert hall. Arnold Bax’s Elegaic Trio could not contrast more, with its impressionistic remembrance of friends Bax lost in the 1916 Irish rebellion. Thirty years later, Andre Jolivet composed Pastorales de Noel in a similar memorial vein, in this case remembering the world before the horrors of World War II and taking the audience back to a simpler, freer time. We end the summer with some of the most sensationalist music of the series, Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades. Before television and radio, grisly tales of true crime were shared through song. Dessner, most famous as the guitarist with the rock group The National, has crafted modern day versions of these tales, reminding us that music has the ability to share the entire scope of human experience.
*information borrowed from the official website