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, January 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Houston Youth Symphony chamber players, coached by master musicians.