Saturday, April 21, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
This concert features the Westmont Chamber Singers, directed by Grey Brothers, music for woodwinds by Paul de Wailly and Dag Wirén and two works by Leslie Hogan, Call, for oboe and piano, and the premiere of Moments, for solo piano. Admission is free. This concert has been generously sponsored by Jane Ramsay in memory of her husband, William Ramsay.
Mary Jo Hartle, flute, Adelle Rodkey, oboe, and Per Elmfors, clarinet, will perform Paul de Wailly’s sparkling and lyrical Aubade for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet (1906). They will be joined by cellist Nicoletta Browne for Swedish composer Dag Wirén’s Kvartett för flauto, oboe, klarinett och violoncell, op. 31. Dag Wirén (1905-1986) is a Swedish composer who received his musical training at the Stockholm Conservatory of Music. His compositions comprise stylistic genres from serious to popular, and include five symphonies as well as chamber music and film scores. True to Wirén’s stated desire “to entertain and please,” the Kvartett, Op. 31, composed in 1956, is characterized by expressive melodies and rhythmic piquancy.
Evan Losoya, oboe, and Leslie Hogan, piano, will perform Hogan’s Call. Composed in 1996, Call is a brief lyrical work, an elegy. Hogan will premiere Moments, for solo piano. Moments is a series of brief movements unified by the intent to capture in each a single affect or image—in a word, a moment.
The Westmont Chamber Singers, directed by Grey Brothers, conclude the program with a set spanning several centuries. They will perform 16th century madrigals by Luca Marenzio and Giles Farnaby, recent setting of Shakespearean texts by Andrew Carter and Bob Chillcott, and the rousing classic tango Naranjo en flor, arranged by Aurelio Tello.