Omaha Consort: Partita Party

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January 8th, 2013

Omaha, NE — Classical music in the right setting is the focus of a concert coming up this week.

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The Omaha Consort presents “Partita Party” this Thursday at 7 pm. Included with admission is a glass of wine, and the concert experience more closely resembles a house party than a recital. The Consort’s Artistic Director Jason DeWater says this is by design.

“Great music, served in the proper glass, by friends, for friends.”

The concert features chamber music for groups of wind instruments written for parties and other special occasions. Just because the music was intended for a party atmosphere doesn’t mean it’s not serious. For example, Rosetti’s “Partita in D” was certainly written for a party at court, but the music is neither oversimplified nor superficial.

“It’s festive, yet it’s actually monumental also. It’s like a symphony composed for nine musicians or eight musicians.”

The Consort will also perform a very early work by Beethoven. DeWater says this music looks forward to the great music written in his prime.

“For instance, in the final movement of the Octet by Beethoven, we have a four note motif that is passed around for the duration of the movement. And we think, ‘what other piece by Beethoven can we think of that is based upon a four-note motif.’ Well, we think (sings). He was doing that when he was in Bonn composing for a wind octet. He already had the idea of basing an entire piece off of just four notes.”

Also on the program is a world premiere by the Consort’s young composer-in-residence, Phil Smith. DeWater says Smith’s music often receives an enthusiastic response from audiences.

“He has a touch of rock ‘n roll in all of his pieces, and when you play his music, you get a rock ‘n roll reaction.”

The Omaha Consort presents “Partita Party” Thursday, January 10 in the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge. The performance begins at 7 pm with a pre-concert talk at 6:30.

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