Concerts

Welcome to Our 2014-2015 Season
A Change of Season begets a Season of Change

Dear Friends,

Our thirty-second season is one that explores “change” in ways, both musical and logistical, that we hope will prove attractive and enjoyable to you. We will start our fall season at Sanders Theatre a month earlier in September. For our January and February concerts we will change the curtain time to 3 p.m. and venue to the Fitzgerald Theatre, just down Cambridge Street at the Rindge and Latin School.

Our first three concerts at Sander Theatre will feature some of the greatest examples of variation writing in the music of Bach (his Goldberg Variations), Beethoven (his Serenade for String Trio, Op. 8), and Brahms (consecutive late period works in which he explores continuous melodic evolution), as well as in the massive Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50.

With the change of venue in winter to the Fitzgerald Theatre come two concerts entitled “The French Connection” and “Mozart, Mostly”. In the first we place Gershwin next to Ravel, with whom he wanted to study, and let you see why Ravel appreciated and accepted Gershwin just as he was. In the second, we let Mozart be Mozart—in his exploration of Bach, in how he is parodied by Schnittke, and in one of his most adventurous works that survived “correction” by his editors.

For March, April and May, just in time to herald the coming of spring in Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, we are back at Sanders Theatre observing the anniversaries this season of Richard Strauss with his Violin Sonata, the fortieth anniversary of the Shostakovich Viola Sonata (his final work) and welcoming the premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Quartet, the second work commissioned by our Commissioning Club.

Come join us.

Marcus Thompson, Artistic Director