.We invite you to step out of the ordinary with an evening of beautiful classical music written for the most enchanting instruments ever invented... flute, harp and string quartet of course! This concert promises to charm you with a program of time-honoured masterworks alongside some modern gems. While this concert concept and venue is our most traditional of the festival, we invite you to visit our "what to expect" page to explore our forward-thinking ideas on concert etiquette. We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome at a classical music concert in 2018!
David Carovillano, Whisper in the Wind Flute, Viola and Harp "Anticipating the birth of his first daughter, David composed the instrumental lullaby "Whisper in the Wind". Beautiful modal melodies, poignant lyricism, and heartfelt sweetness hearken back to the pastoral land of fairy tales and fantasy in this delicate, wistful piece for flute, viola and harp."
Claude Debussy, Sonata Flute, Viola, and Harp This timeless classical masterwork is one of the most popular pieces ever written for the flute, harp and viola. Through Debussy's own words we can perhaps understand the nature of the Sonatas' continued success: "Music should humbly seek to to please: within these limits great beauty may perhaps be found. Extreme complication is contrary to art. Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part." 1. Pastorale 2. Interlude 3. Finale
W.A. Mozart, Flute Quartet No. 1 in D; K. 285 Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello This famous quartet begins with the flute prominently featured, as it leads the group with bold and confident melodies. The adagio (the second movement) features a lyrical flute solo over a delicate, plucked string accompaniment. In his biography of Mozart's life, Alfred Einstein described this movement as "the sweetest melancholy, perhaps the most beautiful flute solo that has ever been written". The final movement is an ear catching, joyful rondo where frequent dialogue can be heard between the flute and the first violin. 1. Allegro 2. Adagio 3. Rondo Allegretto
Adrian Schaposhnikov, Flute and Harp Sonata Flute and Harp This 1926 sonata is rich in stunningly beautiful melodies and harmonic material. The first movement is perhaps the most serious in nature, showing off the flute in floating cascades over harp accompaniment. The minuet is lighter in character, featuring a brilliant harp solo that divides the movement. The final movement is dance-like - almost celtic in nature. It is sure to remain in your ears long after the concert has ended for it's catchy melody and sea-song rhythm. 1. Andante Con Moto 2. Minuet 3. Allegro Molto
André Jolivet, Chant de Linos Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp Jolivet described his Chant de Linos as an "ancient Greek mourning chant consisting of laments interspersed with cries and dances." Experience thrills and excitement as the piece evokes the powerful, vulnerable emotions depicted in the story of Linus, the mythological musician. Commissioned as a flute competition piece for the Paris conservatoire in 1944, you can also expect to be dazzled by the acrobatics of the flutist as this magical piece provides brilliant finish to a truly enchanting evening.