Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston 2011-2012 Season

Concert 4: into unison with romantic spirit
with guest artist Elizabeth Keusch, soprano

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8 PM

First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3 PM

Goethe-Institut, Boston, 170 Beacon Street

Pronounced a genius at the age of 10 by Mahler himself, Erich Korngold was hailed as the last breath of the Romantic spirit of old Vienna. Exiled to Hollywood before the Second World War, he is known today almost exclusively as a composer of first-rate film scores, and his music is now largely absent from the concert stage.

We are thrilled to keep Korngold’s Romantic spirit alive with a rare performance of his dazzling 1930 Suite, Op. 23 for piano left-hand and strings. Rounding out the program are: Mahler’s single movement Piano Quartet written when he was only 16 years old; John Harbison’s Book of Hours & Seasons, a setting of texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the towering figure of German literature who most embodied the Romantic Movement; and works by Alban Berg and Robert Schumann.

Program:
Gustav Mahler, Piano Quartet in a minor
Alban Berg, Adagio from Kammerkonzert for clarinet, violin & piano
John Harbison, Book of Hours & Seasons for soprano, flute, cello & piano
Robert Schumann, Drei Romanzen for oboe & piano, Op. 94
Erich Korngold, Suite for 2 violins, cello & piano left hand, Op. 23 (1930)

For tickets or more information:
Tickets are $43, $33 and $23; with $5 discounts for students and seniors. To order, call 617-427-8200 or visit http://www.chameleonarts.org.

Goethe-Institut and First Church, Boston are a wheelchair accessible venues.

About Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston
Since its founding in 1998, Chameleon and artistic director Deborah Boldin have earned unqualified praise for integrating old and new repertoire into unexpected chamber music programs that are themselves works of art. They were recognized nationally with 2009 and 2007 ASCAP/CMA Awards for Adventurous Programming. The Boston Globe praised Ms. Boldin’s “stellar example of interesting programming,” and her “discerning ears and cosmopolitan tastes,” and remarked, “Boldin is continually looking for big but little-known works – new, recent, and old – and putting them together in intriguing, organic combinations. The cross-references are not just intellectual; you can feel them in your body.”

This innovative ensemble now draws capacity audiences of those who love the adventure of music—classic and contemporary. The musicians are among Boston’s most sought-after performers, with growing national and international reputations. Their superb artistry and finely honed collaborative skills ensure luminous performances and dynamic musical dialogues. The Boston Phoenix hailed “A performance that was as tender as it was ferocious, as expansive as it was intimate, as mysterious as it was open-hearted…I doubt I’ll ever hear it played better.”

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