2018-19 Concert Season
A piano recital by Michael Arnowitt
September 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. - Barre Opera House
We open our season with a big, bold, beautiful piano concert by beloved pianist Michael Arnowitt. This musical story-telling program includes Schumann's Op. 12 Fantasy Pieces, a landmark work of early Romanticism, which includes a depiction of Aesop's fable of The Tortoise and the Hare. Prokofiev's dazzling Piano No. 7 Sonata is one of the most exciting pieces of piano music ever written. Chopin's Ballade in F minor is the last and greatest of his four, and is, as its name indicates, a musical story-telling. Michael will perform his own arrangement of the poetic "Cavatina" movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in B-flat major for solo piano. (A recording of this piece is the final selection on the "Golden Record" placed on the Voyager spacecraft sent into outer space in 1977.) Lowell Liebermann's 1989 Gargoyles is one of the most talked about piano compositions in recent decades. It will bring the concert to an exciting close with its magical colors, spunk, and rambunctious hijinks. Don't miss this chance to welcome Michael home and then join us afterward for a festive reception in his honor!
Magnificat, BWV 243
November 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. - St. Augustine Church, Montpelier
November 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. - St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington
Richard Riley, Conductor
Hyunah Yu–soprano, Allison Devery Steinmetz–soprano, Julie Boulianne–mezzo-soprano
Joshua Collier–tenor, David Tinervia–bass, Karen Kevra–flute
Randall Wolfgang–oboe, Sycil Mathai–trumpet, Lucy Chapman–violin
This all J.S. Bach concert will be a historic event for Capital City Concerts. Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat is musical magnificence. It features world-renowned vocal soloists, a five-part choir, and an unusually large and colorful orchestra, which includes strings plus three trumpets, two flutes, two oboes, strings, timpani, and harpsichord. In total, upwards of sixty musicians will be involved. The Magnificat, BWV 243, is music of remarkable imagination, color, and tenderness. Though conceived on a grand scale, the Magnificat is a compact work of just 30 minutes.
Other works on the program include the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047, for flute, oboe, trumpet, and violin, and arias including Süsser Trost, Mein Jesus Kömmt, BWV 151, Benedictus from the Mass in B-minor, BWV 232, and Erbarme dich from the Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244. The professional orchestra combines Vermont musicians with players from the New York City Ballet and Opera Orchestras and the Orchestra of Saint Luke's.
Heart & Soul
Romantic Chamber Music for Valentine's weekend
February 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. - Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Theodore Arm-violin, Edward Arron-cello, Jeewon Park-piano, Karen Kevra-flute
After bringing down the house last season with his moving and powerful performance of the Bach Cello Suite in G major, Edward Arron returns with wife, pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Theodore Arm, and flutist Karen Kevra just in time for "Valentine's weekend." The program includes one of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla's greatest works, his Grand Tango for cello and piano. This is sensual music, with daring harmonies, angular rhythms, and spiky syncopations. There will be sublime music including Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs for violin and piano, and Camille Saint-Saëns' Romance for flute and piano. Friedrich Kuhlau's, Grand Trio, Op. 119, for flute, cello, and piano is delightfully spring-like while Johannes Brahms, Trio No. 1, Op. 8 in B major is the main course.
April 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. – Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Violinist Laurie Smukler and pianist Robert McDonald were among those who provided a grand finale last season when they performed the Schumann Piano Quintet at our last concert. They are two of the most sought-after chamber musicians in the United States and are distinguished faculty members of the Juilliard School. They will perform big, gorgeous masterpieces: Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4, A minor, Op. 23, and Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major. Davidovsky's Synchronisms No. 9 for Violin and Tape, as well as Hindemith's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op.11, No. 1 will make for a sonically spell-binding program. This will be music-making as good as it gets!
At the Door
Tickets are available for purchase at the door 45 minutes prior to concert's start.
$15 student (18 and younger)
$15 reduced income
Purchases made via credit cards will incur a $1 per ticket surcharge.