OCMS Gets Ready for Their Summer Concert Series
June 4th, 2014
Omaha, NE — Just before the College World Series kicks off, a concert series promises to bring a world of music to Omaha.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ocms2014-part-1-web.mp3]
The Omaha Chamber Music Societyâ€™s â€˜Summer Concert Seriesâ€™ takes place on Sunday afternoons in June. Soprano Shelby VanNordstrand says the first concert in the series should be quite appealing.
â€œThe idea behind this program is French romanticism and just very beautiful music, music that is easy to listen to and that is inviting,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™m really excited for our audience to hear it because I think itâ€™s going to be calming, and soothing, and beautiful, and something that people need in their lives.â€
Joining her is harpist Mary Bircher, flutist Leslie Fagan, and cellist Tim Strang performing selections by Ravel, Ibert, and Gershwin. Also on the concert is a pair of French love songs.
â€œThe Reynaldo Hahn piece is a Victor Hugo text…thinking about their lost love,â€ VanNordstrand said.
The second concert is the following Sunday and features string quartets by Beethoven and Brahms. Violist Thomas Kluge says that Beethoven did much to expand the string quartet and take it to a new level.
â€œHe just really starts taking the idea of a lot of this music, which was written almost as a diversion, and elevated it to a high art form,â€ he said.
The Beethoven quartet on the program is sometimes called the â€œHarp Quartet.â€ It is melodic and pleasant, but also includes an intense scherzo that recalls some of Beethovenâ€™s most dramatic music.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t sound like Beethovenâ€™s 5th Symphony, but itâ€™s the same idea at play, itâ€™s almost an obsessive quality,â€ said Kluge.
Performing Beethovenâ€™s â€œâ€˜Harpâ€™ String Quartetâ€ along with Kluge are violinists Anne Nagosky and Juliet Yoshida and cellist Paul Ledwon. They will also perform the â€œQuartet No. 2 in A minorâ€ by Johannes Brahms, a work that was intended for a wider audience.
â€œBrahms really thought of these as performance pieces, and wanted people to hear them that way and play them that way,â€ Kluge said. â€œThey were to be shared with the general public.â€
The Omaha Chamber Music Societyâ€™s â€œSummer Concert Seriesâ€ begins with â€œRomantic Voicesâ€ Sunday, June 8, followed by the String Quartets of â€œBrahms and Beethovenâ€ on Sunday, June 15. Both performances begin at 3 pm, include a pre-concert talk, and are held at the First Central Congregational Church in Omaha. For more information, you can visit www.omahachambermusic.org.
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