Omaha Chamber Music Society Kicks Off Their ‘Summer Concert Series’
June 4th, 2015
Omaha, NE — Â Music both relentless and divine for piano and strings.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/ocms-2015-scs-part-1-web.mp3]
The Omaha Chamber Music Societyâ€™s annual â€œSummer Concert Seriesâ€ opens this weekend with a concert featuring the â€œPiano Quintet in E-flatâ€ by Robert Schumann. Tyler Sieh, who plays viola on this concert, points out that a part of the quintetâ€™s appeal is its strong forward momentum:
â€œYou donâ€™t really hit a movement or a section of a movement where you feel yourself losing interest…for 25, 30 minutes this thing really doesnâ€™t stop moving,â€ Sieh said.
The other work on this program is Beethovenâ€™s final string quartet. Sieh says that while this music is perhaps the least complex of Beethovenâ€™s late quartets, it is not without difficulties for the performers. For example, the scherzo movement is to be played so fast that it threatens to fall apart.
â€œThe require you to be so light on your feet, thereâ€™s just no moment to rest, to feel the weight ever on the heels of your feet,â€ Sieh said. â€œYou just always have to be on your toes, the momentum is constantly propelling you forward.â€
The slow movement, on the other hand, is considered on par with Barberâ€™s â€œAdagio for Strings.â€
â€œInspiration bordering on the divine probably,â€ Sieh said. â€œTo look at our individual parts, it looks deceptively simple. Itâ€™s slow moving and it looks simple, but once you construct it – you actually put all four parts together – itâ€™s heartstopping.â€
The â€œSummer Concert Seriesâ€ kicks off Sunday, June 7 with music from Schumann and Beethoven. The following Sunday, June 14, the Chamber Music Society presents a concert of brass music by composers like Eric Ewazen and Victor Ewald. Both performances begin at 3 pm at First Central Congregational Church in Omaha. For more information, you can visit omahachambermusic.org.
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