Musicians of Ma’alwyck’s “The Joy of Frets”


3:00 pm • Saturday, February 6th 2016
First Reformed Church of Schenectady • Schenectady, NY

If you’re a fairly regular Hudson Sounds reader, you know that I love chamber music, and this week there are a couple of concerts I’d like to point your way for consideration.

The first is Thursday evening’s performance by the Harlem Quartet, a wonderful string quartet that embraces with gusto the wide and diverse range that chamber music repertoire offers. While their Troy Savings Bank Music Hall performance clearly leans to the jazz idiom with works by Dizzy Gillespie, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Billy Strayhorn; there is music on the program by Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. Both of whom, especially Corea, have received many many plaudits for their composition skills in jazz. For the more classically oriented, this concert should provide an opportunity to hear how these renowned jazz composers apply their craft to the string quartet, especially as both these works—Wynton Marsalis’ At the Octoroon Ball and Chick Corea’s Adventures of Hippocrates— have been written to be heard in a concert setting and not in a jazz club.

The second concert of interest is the Musicians of Ma’alwyck’s “The Joy of Frets” on Saturday afternoon. Their program has guitarist Joel Brown joining members of the regional chamber ensemble [Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violinist, Sten Yngvar Isachsen, guitarist, and Andre O'Neil, cellist] for an afternoon of music for two mandolins and guitars along with the bowed strings. Works on the program include Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Mandolins, François de Fossa‘s Guitar Quartet, Benjamin Godard‘s Aubade (Sunset) for violin and cello, some tango by Astor Piazzolla, and a set of English folksongs arranged for two guitars.

Do take a listen to WMHT’s Chris Wienk talk with Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz and Joel Brown about the concert and sneak a listen to a few excerpts of the program. Hope you get to go to hear them live!

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