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Whidbey Island Music Festival: Mozart and Mendelssohn
July 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$20
The Whidbey Island Music Festival is delighted to present its twelfth summer season of chamber music concerts. This season will present a wide-ranging series of six performances of four different programs, all on period instruments. The Whidbey Island Music Festival is a beloved annual event that presents great performances of of baroque and classical vocal and instrumental chamber music in relaxed and intimate venues on beautiful Whidbey Island, with repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Beethoven and beyond. The festival brings the past to life with vivid and moving concert performances on period instruments.
Mozart and Mendelssohn, while born a generation apart, shared striking commonalities. Both were prodigiously talented composers and performers, and both were raised in musical families with sisters who were also extremely gifted musicians. Two of the great masterworks of the chamber music literature, Mozart’s profound C major quintet and Mendelssohn’s exuberant Bb quintet were composed for the special combination of 2 violins, 2 violas and cello. The addition of a second viola to the string quartet adds a special warmth and richness to the harmonies, as well as providing a more soloistic platform for the first viola.
Grand Duo for violin and viola op. 69 Ignaz Pleyel
String quintet in C major, K. 515 W.A. Mozart
String quintet, Op. 87 No. 2 Felix Mendelssohn
Tekla Cunningham, violin
Corentin Pokorny, violin
Romeric Pokorny, viola
Vijay Chalasani, viola
Nathan Whittaker, cello
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