Close Encounters With Music with Amernet String Quartet: “Souvenir de Florence” | Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Wolf, Verdi

Saturday, December 9th 2017 at 6:00 pm

Close Encounters With Music continues its season with a concert featuring the Amernet String Quartet [Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, 'cello] along with with violist Xiao-Dong Wang and ‘cellist Yehuda Hanani.

An Italian fixation runs deep in the collective artistic psyche. It was de rigueur for 19th century painters, musicians and literary types—Byron, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn—to make the Grand Tour to Rome and Florence, imbibe the classicism, passion, bel canto, and expressivity that are hallmarks of Italian art, and bring them home to their studios where memories of the sunshine sustained them in chilly northern Europe.

The program is to include:

  • Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskySouvenir de Florence
  • Giacomo Puccini Chrysanthemums
  • Hugo WolfItalian Serenade for string quartet in G Major
  • Giuseppe Verdi — String Quarter in E Minor

The centerpiece of the program is Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, written as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchaikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet. This Italian showcase includes Chrysanthemums, the only chamber music Puccini ever wrote; works by the Venetian Vivaldi; Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, and a Verdi string quartet. Bellissimo! 

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VENUE:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

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