Sunday, NOV. 5, 2:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka
Chamber music group marks 10-year anniversary with concert
The first concert of the Chamber Players of the Redwoods season will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka. The church is located at the corner of H and 14th Streets. Celebrating 10 years of presenting locally produced chamber music concerts to north coast audiences, the program will feature the music of Bach, Beethoven, Ibert, Mendelssohn and others. Using strictly local talent, the concerts are held free of charge, and donors are encouraged to make contributions to the non-profit to help further the cause of classical music performance in Humboldt County. As per a popular tradition, audience members are invited to mix with musicians after the concert.
Beginning with a delightful trio composed in 1946 for flute, clarinet and piano by Jacques Ibert, the Deux Interludes were originally written for flute, violin and harpsichord, although the version to be played this Sunday works just as well. Players include Nancy Streufert, flute, Helen Winfrey, clarinet, and Merry Phillips on piano.
Following the Frenchman’s whimsy is Beethoven’s megalithic Sonata for violin and piano, #10, opus 96, in G major. Performed by Sue Fowle, violin, and Felicia Oldfather on piano, the work is in 4 movements of contrasting moods. Continuing to compose in the face of serious obstacles that included significant hearing loss, Beethoven wrote this one in 1812 after completing his 8th symphony.
After a short break, the audience is treated to a series of fugues written for string quartet, beginning with J.S. Bach, the virtual father of fugue. Originally composed for the harpsichord, Bach’s essential Art of the Fugue has been arranged for a diverse number of instrumentations including string quartet. On Sunday, members of the T4 quartet will play two fugues from the Bach piece. In addition, they will perform a fugue by Felix Mendelssohn and a more recent one by Michael Kibbe, a local composer who is keeping the art of the fugue alive. Quartet members are Vanessa Kibbe and Julie Fulkerson, violins; Kit Morris, viola; Don Morris, ‘cello.
A trio of clarinets rounds out the concert with a performance of Douglas Townsend’s Ballet Suite. Composed in 1954, the work was later premiered at Carnegie Hall. A reviewer writing for the NY Herald Tribune wrote that the 5-part work “has fantasy and charm, such as might be ascribed to a performance by marionettes.” Clarinetists are Gwen Gastineau-Ayoob, Kenneth Ayoob, and Heather Dial.