Santa Barbara Music Club

Ravel, Bernstein, and Saint-Saëns

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Faulkner Gallery

This concert, presented in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library, features works by J.S. Bach, Georges Enesco, Maurice Ravel, Leonard Bernstein, and Camille Saint-Saëns.

Flutist Jane Hahn and pianist Christopher Davis will perform the opening movement, Andante, from J.S. Bach’s Flute Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030 (1735) and Georges Enesco’s Cantabile y Presto for Flute and Piano (1904).  Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer and organist whose genius combined outstanding performing musicianship with supreme creative powers in which inventiveness, technical mastery and intellectual control are perfectly balanced.  George Enescu (1881-1955), known in France as Georges Enesco, was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher. He is regarded by many as Romania’s most important musician. Cantabile y Presto begins lyrically and ends brilliantly.

Adelle Rodkey, oboe, and Eric Valinsky, piano, will perform Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine (1903-05). Originally written for piano solo, it has been transcribed and arranged by David Walter.  The work is neoclassical in its formal conception, but thoroughly of the early 20th century in his use of whole-tone scales and impressionistic textures. Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer noted, among other things, for his skill and imagination in instrumental writing.

Soprano Carolyn Kim Holmquist and pianist Reneé Hamaty offer “A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).”  They will perform I Hate Music!: A Cycle of Five Kid Songs (1943), What a Movie, from Trouble in Tahiti (1951), and I Am Easily Assimilated, from Candide (1956).  Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States to receive worldwide acclaim.  The 100th anniversary of his birth falls in August of this year and the performance of these works celebrates that very important milestone.

Clarinetist Chad Cullins and pianist Christopher Davis will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167.  Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist.  This work, one of a trio of woodwind sonatas composed in 1921 (the others are for oboe and bassoon), is Mozartian in its clarity of form and texture.

Image:  Leonard Bernstein, Courtesy of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.