Two Upcoming Concerts at Christ Episcopal Church: Nov. 7 – “The Door Between the Worlds” and Nov. 8 – Chamber Players of the Redwoods
“Legends of the Celtic Harp” performs their new show “The Door Between the Worlds” on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka, CA (located at 15th & H Streets). Suggested donation is $20.00. The concert and storytelling event is a dramatic journey into the realms of the Celtic ‘Otherworld.’ The acclaimed ensemble, Legends of the Celtic Harp, opens the door into this mystical world with music played on Celtic harps, Irish bouzouki, cittern, and Swedish nyckelharpa and tells the tales of that legendary land from which no one returns unchanged. Celtic harpers, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter, have toured extensively throughout the U.S. to sold out audiences and rave reviews.
For more information about the show, contact: (415) 642-1466
Chamber Music Performance Features Locals
plus world premiere of new work
By Franklin Stover
The Chamber Players of the Redwoods will present a concert on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka. The program will include music by Corelli, Brahms, Mozart and Kahn A uniquely singular event includes a world premiere by composer Raymond Burkhart. The concert will include some of Humboldt County’s finest musicians in a diverse program covering various types of instrumental groupings and time periods. Founded in 2010 by Val Phillips, the chamber music nonprofit gives musicians a chance to keep their skills up and to entertain classically-minded audiences. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
Works slated to be performed include Corelli’s Concerto Grosso op. 6 No. 8. Also known as the “Christmas Concerto,” it’s one of Corelli’s 12 concertos for strings and harpsichord. Composed in 1690, the work is in 6 short movements. At the time of its composition, J.S. Bach was just 5 years old. Musicians include Allen Lesser, Betty Bliss, Stefan Vaughhan and Ken Love, violins; Eric Jones and Ann Marie Woolley, ‘cello; Sue Fowle, viola; and Felicia Oldfather, harpischord.
Jumping ahead to 2015 with a newly composed piece, Raymond Burkhart’s Suite Arcata gets a first hearing. Commissioned by the Chamber Players of the Redwoods, the work is in 3 movements suggestive of the climate that is peculiar to our region. One of the movements is titled Coastal Fog. The mixed woodwind and brass ensemble features Jill Petricca, flute; Michael Kibbe, oboe; Paul Cummings, clarinet; Chris Cox, trumpet, and Aaron Lopez, bassoon. Burkhart lives in Tujunga and teaches at College of the Canyons and Pomona College. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Claremont Graduate University and has composed works in many genres. Currently a member of the music faculty at Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, and College of the Canyons, Burkhart has appeared as a guest conductor and trumpet clinician and authority on the history of brass music.
Going back to more Victorian times, Annette Hull and Nancy Correll will perform a 4-hands piano duo version of Johannes Brahms’ Chorale Preludes op.122. Originally set for organ in 1896, the death of friend Clara Schumann spurred the composer to create his final great work. Inspired by a Lutheran hymn with a life after death theme, Richard Duning will read an English translation of the hymn texts before the performance.
Following Brahms is late romantic composer Robert Kahn in a performance of his Serenade in F minor, op. 73 for oboe, viola and piano. Impressed with Kahn’s natural ability, Brahms offered to mentor the younger composer, but for reasons unclear, Kahn declined. Players are Michael Kibbe, oboe; Sherry Hanson,viola and Ellen Weiss, piano. The work was composed in 1923.
Last up is Wolfgang Mozart’s Flute Quartet in C major. In 3 movements, musicians include Joseph Hazen, flute; Holly MacDonnell and Sherry Hanson,viola, and Mark Creaghe, ‘cello. At the end of the concert, a “Meet the Players”reception will follow for attendees who may wish to mingle with performers. The Christ Episcopal Church is located at H and 5th Streets in Eureka.