My Chamber Music Fest….. 11/7/12

November 7, 2012

Last Sunday November 4th I had 2 concerts of chamber music, one at LACMA Sunday Live, and another one for LA Phil’s Committee group. At LACMA we played trios for flute, cello, and piano by Kuhlau, Martinu, and Kapustin, and duo for cello and piano by Mendelssohn. This program covers a wide range of musical styles, Classical (Kuhlau was a a contemporary of Beethoven), Romantic (Mendelssohn was born in 1809, Chopin and Schumann was born in 1810, and Liszt in 1811!!), 20th century music (Martinu was born in 1890 in Czech), and here comes Kapustin born in Russia in 1937 with jazz elements. It was a first time for me to perform at LACMA Sunday Live, and I was so happy to see the big audience! It is organized so well with an artistic director, Bill Vestel, a broadcast host, Dennis Bade, and a broadcast engineer, Peter Sutheim. The audience was very enthusiastic, and it was fun to perform! After LACMA Sunday Live David, my husband, and I went to LA Phil Committee concert in west side. The host of the concert owns an amazing house with a great music room surrounded by many contemporary arts. Even in the bathroom there would be some arts sitting! We played trio for violin, cello, and piano by Clara Schumann which we will perform in January as a part of LA Phil Chamber Music Concert in Disney Hall. I really like this piece. I can sense Clara’s beautiful spirit. If you don’t know her she was a wife of Robert Schumann. Back then there was not much opportunity for women to be a composer. She was known to be a better pianist than Robert, and she promoted his music. She collaborated with Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Joachim… Whenever I think about those composers living at the same time, collaborating, influence and criticism (!) that gives me excitement. If I remember correctly Liszt once commented how great she was as a pianist.

My Chamber Music Fest continues to next Monday 12th at Occidental College in Bird Studio at 12:45pm with Brahms Piano Quintet, one of the greatest chamber music written in Romantic Period. It is free! I will speak about how Brahms developed his idea to write this piece with the consultations of Clara and Joachim! Please join us! We will play Brahms one more time in Disney Hall for LA Phil subscribers on 11/17.

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