Omaha Consort: Partita Party
January 8th, 2013
Omaha, NE — Classical music in the right setting is the focus of a concert coming up this week.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/partita-web.mp3]
The Omaha Consort presents â€œPartita Partyâ€ 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 Consortâ€™s Artistic Director Jason DeWater says this is by design.
â€œGreat music, served in the proper glass, by friends, for friends.â€
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 doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not serious. For example, Rosettiâ€™s â€œPartita in Dâ€ was certainly written for a party at court, but the music is neither oversimplified nor superficial.
â€œItâ€™s festive, yet itâ€™s actually monumental also. Itâ€™s like a symphony composed for nine musicians or eight musicians.â€
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.
â€œFor 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, â€˜what other piece by Beethoven can we think of that is based upon a four-note motif.â€™ 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.â€
Also on the program is a world premiere by the Consortâ€™s young composer-in-residence, Phil Smith. DeWater says Smithâ€™s music often receives an enthusiastic response from audiences.
â€œHe has a touch of rock â€˜n roll in all of his pieces, and when you play his music, you get a rock â€˜n roll reaction.â€
The Omaha Consort presents â€œPartita Partyâ€ 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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