July 7th featured a programme of six chamber music performances from my fellow colleagues.
The opening piece, Jolivet`s Petite Suite for Flute, Viola, and Harp, was a five movement suite, rich with interweaving sound and exquisite harmonies. Unfortunately, I experienced some difficulties and was unable to procure any photos. My apologies.
Kondo`s Standing Violin Trio was comprised in such a way that each player had a note, either drawn by bow or pizzicato, in sequence one after the other in such a way that, collectively, a single musical line was created. Fast paced, it was intriguing to how each sound connected together from the three individual performers.
Playful and humorous, the Haydn Op.33 no. 2 String Quartet was enthralling and drew laughter from the audience. The suspense and joking manner made it all the more entertaining.
The Partita for Wind Quintet, by American composer Irving Fine, was a neo-classical piece that was intricate and extremely alluring, a highlight of the afternoon.
Shostakovich 8, one of my personal favourites, was a powerful and gritty performance with obvious self-branding from the repeated utilization of the DSCH motif.
The Beethoven Quartet no. 5 performed was modeled upon Mozart`s quartet in the same A Major key. The first breath taken was stately, and the group`s subsequent performance was lively and cohesive.
[ Fred Xu, Rebecca Ruthven, Cadee Qiu – Kondo, Standing Violin Trio | Cadee Qiu | Lindsey Herle | Jenna Koller | Haydn, String Quartet Op. 33 no. 2 | David Gazaille | Kelly Hermann, Gabriel Lemieux | Olivier Brisson | Kevin Harris | - Fine, Partita | Jiten Beairsto, Erick Wawrezkiewicz, Lauren Tyros, Nicholas Denton-Protsack – Shostakovich String Quartet no. 8 | Jiten | Nick | Lauren | Erick | Colin Repas, Jeremy Dyck, Genevieve de Caen, Youngho Yoo – Beethoven, String Quartet Op. 18 no. 5 | Genny | Colin | Jeremy | YOUNGHO ]