Élan Ensemble

VIRTUAL EVENT

7:30 PM

The Élan Ensemble featuring New York Philharmonic violist Peter Kenote

 

Email gretnamusic@gmail.com and write Kenote in subject line to get link to this free virtual performance, plus and Q&A with viewers.

Program:

Clarinet Trio in a minor, Op. 114, arr. for viola, cello, and piano (excerpts), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Suite for 2 cellos and piano, arr. for viola, cello, and piano (excerpts), Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)

Trio Sonata in 1 movement for viola, cello, and piano, Neal Harnly (b. 1959)

For Program Notes, please click on program tab

About the Artists

Peter Kenote was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School. Since 1983, he has been a member of the New York Philharmonic viola section. In February 2008 he performed Berio’s Sequenza VI for solo viola at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Day of Berio. In the 2009–10 season he played the premieres of a new viola concerto with the South Dakota Symphony written for him by composer Neal Harnly, and Moto Perpetuo, a new work for viola and percussion ensemble by Braxton Blake. He especially enjoys performing in concert with cellist Sara Male, his wife and daughters — soprano Rebekah, and mezzo-soprano Ruth.

Cellist Sara Male has performed at Gretna Music with the Newstead Trio. She received an Associate of the Arts in Music degree from the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Canada, where she was presented the Principal Emeritus Prize. She holds a Bachelor of Music with high honors from Rutgers University, and a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She founded Duo Chiaroscuro in 2012 in collaboration with award-wining pianist Maria Corley. Recently, Duo Chiaroscuro decided to make their art available to people who might not typically feel welcome to enjoy live performances, like those on the autism spectrum or with other distinct  needs. They created a series entitled Silence Optional which blends visual and musical components. Sara also collaborates in chamber-music programs with her husband & violist Peter Kenote, a member of the New York Philharmonic. She performs with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony , Kennet Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony. Sara is a Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. and also an Adjunct Professor of Cello at Elizabethtown College. Sara enjoys living in Lancaster holding down the fort for her three college-student children and her husband Peter Kenote who is a violist with the NYPO.

Neal Harnly, piano and composer

Debra Ronning, piano, in a live online performance, plus and Q&A with viewers.

Program

Clarinet Trio in a minor, Op. 114, arr. for viola, cello, and piano (excerpts), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Suite for 2 cellos and piano, arr. for viola, cello, and piano (excerpts), Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)

Trio Sonata in 1 movement for viola, cello, and piano, Neal Harnly (b. 1959)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Brahms declared his retirement in 1890 after composing his String Quintet in G major, Op. 111. “I have worked enough; now let the your folks take over.” But shortly after meeting Richard Mühlfeld, the principal clarinetist of the Meiningen Orchestra, he wrote the first two of his last four chamber music works; the trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Op. 114 and the quintet for clarinet and strings, Op. 115.

Jan Swafford writes in his Brahms biography about Mühlfeld: “Here was a musician who could make his instrument sing like a violist or a Mezzo-soprano.”

Eusebius Mandyczewski wrote to Brahms about this trio, “It is as thought the instruments were in love with each other.”

Joseph Joachim, the great violinist, friend and collaborator with Brahms, prepared the viola part for this trio as well as the subsequent two sonatas and Brahms authorized the transcriptions.

Three years later came the two sonatas for clarinet and piano, Op. 120.

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
Suite for Two Cellos and Piano
Menotti was well known for his 28 operas but less so for many other works including ballets, choral works, concertos and chamber music. The suite was written in 1973 with the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in mind for a performance at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. For this performance, the first cello part was transcribed by Peter Kenote for the viola. And we
will leave out the second movement.

Venue Details

VIRTUAL EVENT