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Tasting Music 4 — Brahms Sextet in B flat, Op. 18
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 4 — Brahms Sextet in B flat, Op. 18

The Brahms Sextet in B Flat, Op. 18 is a work that begins in full melodic bloom. From the outset, the cellos predominate, both anchoring the ensemble’s sound and propelling its melodic potential. The inner movements contrast substance in the form of a theme-and-variations movement of stern intensity and a rollicking pastoral scherzo. The Finale is awash in lyricism and ultimately sprints to a joyous conclusion.

The premiere brought together a veritable 19th-century musical triumvirate in the form of violinist Joseph Joachim, pianist Clara Schumann and Brahms himself. We visit A. Morell Wines for the final Tasting Music event of the 2018 season.

Doors open at 5 PM.

GENERAL ADMISSION $20

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Tasting Music 3 — Amy Beach, Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet, Op. 80
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 3 — Amy Beach, Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet, Op. 80

Amy Beach, or “Mrs. H. H. A. Beach,” as she was credited in her published music, was arguably the most important homegrown composer in the United States at the end of the 19th century.

A fixture in the musical scene of Boston, Amy Beach experienced triumphs unheard of for a female composer in Europe or America. She had a mass premiered by Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society in 1895, and her Third Symphony by the Boston Symphony in 1896. Both works received near universal praise from audience and critic alike.

Here we encounter Amy Beach in the more personal and private sphere of chamber music. Using her 1896 composition “An Indian Lullaby” as the principle theme, Beach shows her flair for romantic invention in this moving set of variations for flute and string quartet.

WWCMF is pleased to visit Doubleback Winery for the first time in their brand new facility.

Doors open at 5 PM.

GENERAL ADMISSION $20

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Tasting Music 2 — Andrew Norman, Gran Turismo (2004) for 8 violins
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 2 — Andrew Norman, Gran Turismo (2004) for 8 violins

Composed in 2004 for the violin studio of famed pedagogue Robert Lipsett at the University of Southern California, Gran Turismo is a virtuosic masterpiece for the rarely heard combination of eight violins. In fact, when eight violinists get together, a competition usually breaks out. The music world is a network wherein one or two degrees of separation are common among professional performers. Rather than insular, such closeness is a testament to the common paths and experiences shared by so many who “make it.” Here, the musicians of WWCMF pay homage to the original context of the work featuring an ensemble of teachers and their students past and present, all navigating the music world at different stages of career and education. As Founder and Artistic Director, I am always keenly aware of my lineage and make it a point to pay respect to the teachers who made me into the musician I am today.

Gran Turismo represents the intersection between composer Andrew Norman’s study of Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla and his brush with the popular car racing video game, Gran Turismo. Start your engines!

Doors open at 5 PM.

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Tasting Music 1 — Beethoven String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 1 — Beethoven String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3

Beethoven’s creative life is divided into three neat sections, Early, Middle and Late. The Early Period is defined by his tendency to shake up convention and thwart expectations with persistent and needling harmonic escapades and emphatic rhythmic accentuations where they don’t belong. You may recognize this text from Portrait of an Artist I, Stephen Miahky 2.0, violin. Here at the Festival, we support recycling!

For our first Tasting Music presentation of the 2018 Season, we return to Walla Walla Vintners for an outdoor performance, weather permitting (bring a sweater or cardigan… it can be chilly, indoors or out!). We will explore Beethoven’s very first string quartet, his Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3 (don’t worry, we’ll explain all the numbers, and how something called “No. 3” can actually be No. 1).

With Haydn more or less out of the picture, Beethoven turned his attention from smaller forms like the string trio to the medium invented and perfected by Haydn before him, that of the string quartet. Publishing the work in 1801, Beethoven shows himself to be a quick study, seemingly mastering the sophisticated and conversational style of his former teacher with aplomb. Perhaps this will be your first string quartet… If so, like Beethoven before you, you have struck gold!

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GENERAL ADMISSION $20

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