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Tasting Music 4 — Compline by Christopher Rouse
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 4 — Compline by Christopher Rouse

Composer Christopher Rouse composed Compline for the eclectic group of string quartet, harp, flute and clarinet as an ode to his first visit to the Eternal City of Rome, Italy.

Rouse positions the listener in the city with a device noting the omnipresence of church bells in Rome. The bell sounds take the form of a busy and unrelenting ostinato, fragmented and shared by the seven players in turn. Every corner of the seven-sided ensemble erupts and overlaps in joyous tintinnabulation. Contrasting this mood is the sense of antiquity, and a more sober musical idiom.

Come delve into this miraculous travelogue at Pepper Bridge winery, and close out the 2019 Tasting Music Series in ultimate style.

Artists: Sarah Brady, flute; Timothy Christie, viola; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Amy Ley, harp; Stephen Miahky, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; and Kevin Schempf, clarinet.

Doors open at 5 pm.

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Tasting Music 3 — Wagner Siegfried Idyll (1869)
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 3 — Wagner Siegfried Idyll (1869)

Richard Wagner and chamber music: the two almost never go hand in hand. But the word almost is the key, here. Known primarily as a composer of sprawling music dramas, Wagner did turn his attention to smaller forms from time to time.

He composed Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present for his wife, Cosima, and presented the world premiere in his home on Christmas morning, 1870. The work includes themes from his epic four-opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, and in particular makes use of forest sounds associated with the hero, Siegfried.

Happily, we get a full story arc in about 20 minutes as opposed to the 5 hours it takes to enjoy a complete performance of Siegfried, the third music drama in the Ring Cycle. We’ll even supply an idyllic setting, the vineyards of TERO Estates in Milton-Freewater.

Artists: Sarah Brady, flute; Rodger Burnett, horn; Timothy Christie, viola; Billy Ray Hunter, trumpet; Martin King, horn; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Christina McGann, violin; Angelique Poteat, clarinet; Paul Rafanelli, bassoon; Maria Sampen, violin; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; Stephen Schermer, double bass; and Dan Williams, oboe.

Doors open at 5 pm.

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Tasting Music 2 — Bartók String Quartet No. 3 (1927)
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 2 — Bartók String Quartet No. 3 (1927)

The stern visage of Béla Bartók graces the 2019 WWCMF poster. Now, one of his greatest works will bring the stirring imagery of the poster to life, the String Quartet No. 3 (1927).

Bartók was fond of using a compositional technique known as “night music.” Through episodes of “night music,” Bartók becomes free from harmonic constraints and can instead delve into a soundworld more evocative of sounds found in nature. Perhaps most poignantly, his Third Piano Concerto contains an episode of “night music” nestled between passages of the most ardent tenderness. In the Third Quartet, the episodes are somewhat more eerie and unsettling.

However, fear not! There is plenty of folk music to go around, and this quartet is virtuosic beyond measure. It is sure to thrill. And what better setting than the oaken tasting room of Rasa Vineyards?

I. Prima parte: Moderato

II. Seconda parte: Allegro

III. Recapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato

IV. Coda: Allegro molto

Girsky String Quartet: Natasha Bazhanov, violin; Timothy Christie, viola; Artur Girsky, violin; and Rowena Hammill, cello.

Doors open at 5 pm.

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Tasting Music 1 — Dvořák Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music 1 — Dvořák Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81

I’ve often introduced works by Dvořák with evocations of Bohemian village life, hearkening back to a simpler time. And I see no reason to change. The village will gather for a celebration. There will be song and dance, both melancholy and joyous. There will be an abundance of food and drink, and at the end of the day, merriment will reign supreme. Such is the soundworld of the Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81, by Antonin Dvořák. Come join the celebration. We’ll meet you at the village forge, or rather Forgeron Cellars in downtown Walla Walla.

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Piano Quintet In A, Op. 81 (1887)

I. Allegro, ma non tanto

II. Dumka: Andante con moto

III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace

IV. Finale: Allegro

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Stephen Miahky, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; and Jingwen Tu, piano.

Doors open at 5 pm.

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