It’s time for our virtually annual performance at the Salem Camerata Musica series at the Salem Library this afternoon. It’s a program entitled Beyond Beethoven, and it features three wonderful quartets that one doesn’t get to hear very often. The concert is at 2:30, and is free. We hope to see you there! More information..
David Ludwig String Quartet No. 1 “Pale Blue Dot”
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 no. 3
Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 2, Op. 63
If you’re looking for a nice way to spend a chilly November afternoon, then heading to the Salem Public Library for the Arnica Quartet‘s free concert (part of the Camerata Musica series) is a pretty good idea. We’ll be playing works by composers who all had an association with the city of Vienna, Austria (as opposed to Vienna, Virginia) – Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. Hope to see you there – the concert begins at 2:30 pm and is free. For more information, head over to Camerata Musica’s website.
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Bartók Dance Suite
• Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Haydn Symphony No. 64, “Tempora mutantur”
Johann Strauss, Jr. Tales from the Vienna Woods
Today is a crazy day, and not only because it’s Friday the 13th (gasp!). It’s one of those days that I knew was coming, and knew would be packed, but there was nothing I could do about it.
This morning I have the dress rehearsal for the Oregon Symphony’s upcoming concerts with guitarist Sharon Isbin (fantastic!) and our wonderful guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. Luckily, it’s not a taxing program, although it is a fun and varied one. Works by Ravel, Rodrigo, Gubaidulina, and Mussorgsky feature the many colors of the full symphony orchestra, and I’d urge you to snap up the remaining tickets quickly.
Right after the concert, my accompanist is picking me up at the stage door and we’re shooting down to a home south of Salem, (about 50 miles away) where we’ll do a small house concert for supporters of the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem. Then, it’s back up to Portland so my accompanist (the wonderful and indefatigable Cary Lewis) can play a flute recital in the evening. I will grab my lunch/dinner at home, then head back down to Salem for our evening runout concert at Willamette University. Phew!
I will be decidedly ready for a stiff beverage when I get home tonight!
Yes, tonight was the last concert of the 2010-2011 season. Coming just over a week after our concert in Carnegie Hall, it was a whirlwind ending to a very eventful season. We had a nice crowd in Salem, who welcomed us warmly as they always do. Resident conductor Gregory Vajda led the concert, and all of our soloists played wonderfully yet again. With such a back-loaded season, it is nice to be at the end looking back. As the weeks go by, it will be nice to start to look forward to the season to come, but for now, school’s out, baby!