Tonight’s performance has been made possible by the generosity of Linda Tam.
Closing night of the 2015 Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival bids au revoir with a pair of virtuoso works for harp and strings.
The Debussy Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane for Harp and Strings has been the measure of many a harpist since its composition in 1904. Fellow Frenchman Camille Saint-Saëns composed his Fantaisie for Harp and Violin in 1907. Though close in age, these works inhabit very different sound worlds. Bringing everything to a close is the virtuosic Sextet for Piano and Strings by Felix Mendelssohn. Pound for pound, Mendelssohn delivered more show-stoppers than any other composer by the age of 18. The D Major Sextet is just that, composed when Mendelssohn was but 15 years old. It is a fitting way to usher in the 2016 Festival season over which Mendelssohn will preside as subject of the year’s poster.
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Fantaisie for violin and harp
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Danse Sacré et Danse Profane for Harp and Strings
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Piano Sextet in D Major, Op. 110
I. Allegro vivace
III. Minuetto: Agitato
IV. Allegro vivace — Agitato — Allegro con fuoco
Artists: Winston Choi, piano; Timothy Christie, viola; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Amy Ley, harp; Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahky, violin; Philip Payton, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; Stephen Schermer, bass; Sally Singer Tuttle, cello; and MingHuan Xu, violin.
Doors open at 6:30pm