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Festival Series 2 — Strauss, Baermann and Mendelssohn

  • Gesa Power House Theatre 111 North 6th Avenue Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

For the second performance on the Festival Series, the piano goes silent. In its place are intimate works for strings, clarinet and voice.

The six “Brentano” songs of Richard Strauss, Op. 68, represent a return from the opera house to the concert stage. Each song expresses an aspect of Strauss’ undying love for his wife, Pauline, who was a soprano. Tonight’s vocalist, Jennifer Goltz, has supplied a lovingly arranged setting of three of the six songs for soprano and string quartet.

Next up is the Adagio for clarinet and strings by Heinrich Baermann, a tender expression of affection in which the clarinet sings like the human voice.

The program concludes with the bracing and affecting String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn. If the first half of the program concentrates on love, the second half explores loss. In this case, Mendelssohn, inconsolable at the loss of his beloved sister, Fanny, expresses his grief through music. No lament, this quartet shakes its fists at God, and the result is a virtuosic masterpiece you won’t want to miss.

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Jennifer Goltz, soprano; Andrew Jennings, violin; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahky, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; and Sally Singer Tuttle, cello.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Festival Series 2 Progam

Tonight’s performance is made possible by the generosity of the VanYserloo family, in loving memory of Barbara; wife, mother, grandmother and avid clarinetist.


Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Selections from the “Brentano Lieder,” Op. 68

Arr. Jennifer Goltz

   2. Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden

   3. Säusle, liebe Myrthe!

   5. Amor


Heinrich Baermann (1784-1847)

Adagio in D flat for clarinet and strings


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

   1. Allegro vivace assai

   2. Allegro assai

   3. Adagio

   4. Finale: Allegro molto