Wednesday, April 01
5:00 PM

  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Approx. 2 hours
  • $47, $57 (reserved)

Sponsored by Bob Faircloth, Dayle & Aaron Levy, Thomas V. & Susan G. Reilly and Ron & Susan Whitaker

Chamber II: From Prussia with Love

Expressions of love and romance have probably offered the best source of inspiration for composers down the ages, and in this program we hear from three for whom love was unquestionably at the heart of many of their compositions. The program opens with Rachmaninov’s sumptuous Cello Sonata, a massive musical tour de force, which paves the way for the beautiful Tchaikovsky songs that follow. Tchaikovsky wrote 40 songs, many of which feature “love” in their titles, and in this program we hear a selection of six of his finest. The program concludes with Brahms’ gem of a work, his Sextet in B-flat Major, last heard at SMF in 2010.

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Sergei Rachmaninov
Cello Sonata in G minor, Opus 19

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“Moy geniy, moy angel, moy drug” (“My Genius, my Angel, my Friend”)

Six Romances, Opus 6
“Net, tol’ko tot, kto znal” (“None but the lonely heart”), No. 6
“Otchevo?” (“Why?”), No. 5

Six Romances, Opus 38
“To bïlo ranneyu vesnoy” (“It was in the early spring”), No. 2
“Sred’ shumnovo bala” (“Amid the din of the ball”), No. 3
“Serenada Don Zhuana” (“Don Juan’s Serenade”), No. 1


Johannes Brahms
String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Opus 18


Giovanni Guzzo, violin
Benny Kim, violin
Robin Ashwell, viola
Philip Dukes, viola
Eric Kim, cello
Keith Robinson, cello
Anna Tilbrook, piano
Behamin Hulett, tenor

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