Chamber music returns to Joslyn Castle
November 8th, 2012
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Consort begins its second season at the Joslyn Castle tonight with a program of music written for the horns.
Known as Harmoniemusik, this style began in the mid to late 1700s in Europe in what was initially a cost-cutting maneuver. Jason DeWater, artist director of the Omaha Consort and principal horn of the Omaha Symphony, explained. â€œThe economy started to shift,â€ DeWater said, â€œand throughout Europe we saw that it meant that the orchestras and the court orchestras started to shift as well because musicians have always cost (sic) money.â€
DeWater said strings were â€œshown the doorâ€ in many court orchestras and what was left was a â€œwind band, which was originally called the harmony section.â€
DeWater said the origins of Harmoniemusik are important because they reflect the beginnings of modern Chamber music. â€œThis type of music had its hype in Vienna in the late 18th Century,â€ he said, â€œand for me I think that this was kind of the cradle of modern art music for chamber music.â€
Tonightâ€™s concert, which begins at 7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert talk with DeWater, will feature Beethovenâ€™s Quintet in E flat. It will open with Haydnâ€™s Divertimento in F Major and close with Mozartâ€™s Divertimento No. 14 in B flat.
Dewater said the rest of the consortâ€™s season, which continues with monthly performances through June, 2013, will continue with a diverse array of performances.
â€œWhat youâ€™re going to see from the consort is just fantastic large-scale, mix-ensemble chamber music,â€ he said.
â€œThese are works that are so rarely played anywhere,â€ he said. â€œAnd we hope that what Omaha finds is that there is a place for this music, especially the way we present it.â€
â€œWe present it in the appropriate space,â€ he said. â€œMusic is always in the â€˜proper glassâ€™ here and our patrons come away being moved by the music.â€
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