2017 – 2018 Season

Beauty, Passion, Variety!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sextets in the City.

James Dunham, viola, lead musician. Sophia Silivos and Anton Miller, violins; James Dunham and Rita Porfiris, violas; Barrett Sills and Louis-Marie Fardet, celli. BOTH of Brahms’s sextets: “Sextet in B-flat,” op. 18; and “Sextet in G,” op. 36. An evening to stir your emotions!

Welcome to the opening concert of another stellar season with the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society! Unique in Houston, we bring together wonderful musicians who are true friends and couple this with standard and unusual works for your delight!

I confess that pairing both Brahms String Sextets in a single concert is not a new idea: it’s just that they complement each other perfectly and are absolutely great! The Sextet in Bb Major, op. 18, is by the still young Brahms, with tremendous flair and youthful vigor. The melodies flow readily, filled with grand passion and power. The second sextet in G Major, op. 36, is more mature, filled with reflection and wonder. The melodies are still elegant and broad, yet the scope of the work reaches a higher and more complex plane. The complete work is a most compelling and glorious journey, and the combination of these two sextets on a single program will leave you simultaneously breathless… and wishing for more!

We are eager to greet you for the 2017/2018 Season!

– James Dunham

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Musical Bonbons.

Judy Dines, flute, lead musician, with Joan DerHovsepian, viola; and Paula Page, harp, in delectable treats. You loved this sweet blend last year! The program will include Rameau’s “La Timide” from “Pieces de Clavencin en Concerts,” Hoffmeister’s “Duo for Flute and Viola,” Young’s “Song of the Lark” for Flute and Harp, Genzmer’s “Trio,”  and Ravel’s “Sonatine en Trio.”

I’m really looking forward to bringing another Flute Harp and Viola concert to St. Cecilia this fall.  The combination is so exquisite that there is a lot of repertoire available despite being a viable combination for barely 100 years.  Some of the music was adapted after the fact – the Rameau was written with harpsichord in mind, but the harp is effortlessly able to mimc, and the Ravel is from a piano sonatine that the famed harpist Carlos Salzedo reimagined.  Harald Genzmer is a composer that should be more widely well known – starting with this lovely Trio.  The two duos on the program span several centuries – Hoffmeister is a very classical composer, and Charles Rochester Young is from the 20th century.  Both duos bring out the best in the instruments involved.  I hope you will come enjoy this fascinating program!

– Judy Dines

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Love Triangle.

Rodney Waters, piano, lead musician; with Sophia Silivos, violin; Joan DerHovsepian, viola; and Barrett Sills, cello. Works by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms, including Robert Schumann’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat,” op. 47. No better love entanglements than these!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Mixed Metaphors.

Barrett Sills, cello, lead musician; with Sean Krissman, clarinet, Rodney Waters, piano and Julia Fox, soprano. The Brahms “Trio,” op. 114, for clarinet, cello, and piano; Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock,” and works by Andre Previn for cello, soprano, and piano. A ravishing mixture of sound and passion!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:30.
Rising Stars

Houston Youth Symphony chamber players, coached by master musicians.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Two times Five = Fabulous!

Sophia Silivos, violin, lead musician; David Salness, violin; James Dunham, viola; Ivo-Jan van der Werff, viola; Barrett Sills, cello. Mozart Viola Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K 515 and Dvorak Viola Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Opus 97 Gorgeous multiplication!