Piano Quartet at Cambria Presbyterian Church
September 15, 4pm
Cambria Presbyterian Church
2250 Yorkshire Dr, Cambria
Robert Cassidy, piano
Maurice Sklar, violin
Andrew Grishaw, viola
Hilary Clark, cello
Sponsored by Ellen Greenman – Thank you!
We are very pleased to have pianist Robert Cassidy return for Piano Quartets. You will remember Robert’s exceptional performance during our Russian Connection symphony last season featuring many of Shostakovich’s works.
We begin our 10th Anniversary Season in the cool air of Cambria with Piano Quartets by German Romantic composers. The piano quartet is a great vehicle for chamber music, combining the warmth and richness of strings with the clarity of the piano.
The program features two piano quartets by men who had a great influence on each other, and a shared love of one woman. These composers are Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Schumann, the elder statesman of the new German Romantic style, was also the editor of the New Music Journal, in which he praised Brahms as the next Beethoven, the next great German composer. This put a great deal of pressure on the 20-year-old Brahms. Schumann’s wife, Clara Wieck, was a leading concert pianist, composer, and critic. She encouraged and helped Brahms with his compositions. He, in turn, became confused with feelings of love for her, and guilt that his mentor, Schumann, was her husband. Even after Schumann’s early death, the two continued the relationship, but Clara never allowed it to go beyond a professional one.
On the program is Schumann’s impassioned quartet in E-flat, and Brahms’ fiery early opus in G minor. Also on the program is a one-movement work by Gustav Mahler, the Late Romantic composer of massive symphonies and writer of songs. This is Mahler’s only surviving instrumental chamber work.
Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25 – Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 – Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet in A Minor – Gustav Mahler
Symphony of the Vines is excited to announce our 10th season beginning in September 2019! As always, we will present a rich and diverse selection of orchestral and chamber music in various beautiful locations! For our 10th season, we are expanding our venues from Paso Robles to Nipomo!
We will also feature four Student Spotlights, performances by advanced music students in our area participating in a mentoring program with Symphony of the Vines musicians.
Symphony of the Vines is a professional chamber orchestra providing classical performances featuring outstanding local, regional, and international musicians. I hope to see you at our upcoming concerts!