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Travel Notes

Sunday, May 6 at 3:00pm

Location: Community Room, Lawton Community Center (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815)

To attend, please email: directors.neighborhoodconcerts@gmail.com

Traveling and new experiences are an inspiration for everyone. Neighborhood Concerts will present two quintets inspired by composers’ trips abroad. Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s trip to America inspired some of his greatest works, including his New World Symphony, American String Quartet, and Viola Quintet. The famous film composer Bernard Herrmann lived in the English countryside for a few years and included his impressions of those years into his final concert work, Souvenirs de Voyage. Clarinetist Jeremy Eig and the Omer Quartet will perform a new arrangement of Dvorak’s viola quintet for clarinet and string quartet and Herrmann’s beautiful Souvenir de Voyage in Neighborhood Concerts’ final performance of the 2017-2018 season.

PROGRAM

Souvenirs de Voyage by Bernard Herrmann

Quintet, Op. 97 by Antonin Dvorak (arr. Matthias Kreher)
Omer Quartet
Mason Yu, violin
Erica Tursi, violin
Jinsung Hong, viola
Alexander Cox, cello

Jeremy Eig, clarinet

 

Past Events


A Mery Conceit: Music For Two Viols

Sunday, February 4th at 4:00pm

Location: Community Room, Lawton Community Center (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815)

The viol, or viola da gamba, is a bowed, fretted string instrument that originated in Spain in the late 15th century. Along with the lute, the viol was the favored salon concert instrument of the Renaissance and Baroque. Those who are familiar with Alain Corneau’s 1991 film Tous les matins du monde will recognize the viol’s gorgeous timbre, ornate figuration and delicate scrolls that often depict human or animal faces.

PROGRAM

Locke, Suite No. 2 in Bb ‘For seaverall Freinds”
Hume, A Mery Conceit
Hume, The Spirit of Gambo

Marais, La Badinage from Pieces de Viole, Livre IV
Marais, Chaconne en Rondeau from Pieces de Viole Livre II
Schenk, Sonata X from Nympho di Rheno

Amy Domingues and Jessica Powell Eig, Violas da Gamba

Around the world in Four Pours: A Recital with Wine Pairings
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7:30pm

Clarinetist Jeremy Eig, cellist Lauren Weaver, pianist Joel Ayau and certified sommelier Edward Rapp join forces in an international tour of music and wine, with stops in Argentina, France, Spain and Austria. Does music have terroir? Are the notes of a wine like the timbres of a great piece of music? We don’t know, but we plan to have a time finding out!

PROGRAM
Primavera Portena by Astor Piazzolla, arr. Jose Bragato
for clarinet, cello and piano

Premiere Sonata in C Major by François  Devienne
for clarinet and piano

Intermezzo from Goyescas by Enrique Granados, arr. Casado
Spanish Dance (Andaluza) by Enrique Granados
for cello and piano

Trio in a minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
for clarinet, cello and piano

Jeremy Eig, clarinet
Lauren Weaver, cello
Joel Ayau, piano
Edward Rapp, sommelier

 

TeleMannia Chevy Chase: A Celebration of Georg Phillip Telemann
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4:00pm
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (1 Chevy Chase Cir, Washington, DC 20015)
Free admission, but seating is limited. To attend, RSVP directors@neighborhoodconcerts.org

Rachel Siegel, recorder
Sarah Weiner, baroque oboe
Jessica Powell Eig, viola da gamba
Doug Poplin, baroque cello
Thomas MacCracken, harpsichord

PROGRAM
Trio Sonata in E minor, TWV 42:e6 (Darmstadt mus. ms. 1042/13), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
for recorder, oboe, and basso continuo
Affetuoso, Allegro, Grave, Allegro

Sonata in F minor, TWV 41:f1 (from Der Getreue Musikmeister), Telemann
for recorder and basso continuo
Triste, Allegro, Andante, Vivace

Sonata in G minor, TWV 41:g6 (from Musique de table, Part 3), Telemann
for oboe and basso continuo
Largo, Presto–Tempo giusto–Presto, Andante, Allegro

Sonata in E minor, TWV 41:e5 (from Essercizii musici), Telemann
for viola da gamba and basso continuo
Cantabile, Allegro, Recitativo, Arioso, Vivace

Sonata in D major, TWV 41:D6 (from Der Getreue Musikmeister), Telemann
for cello and basso continuo
Lento, Allegro, Largo, Allegro

Trio Sonata in C minor, TWV 42:c2 (from Essercizii musici), Telemann
for recorder, oboe, and basso continuo
Largo, Vivace, Andante, Allegro
NOTES

Neighborhood Concerts presents the Friends of Fasch (with guest artist Jessica Powell Eig) in a delightful all-Telemann program, performed on period instruments. Active in the Washington, DC area since 2008, the ensemble specializes in 18th-century German music for woodwind instruments. The concert will include sonatas for recorder and oboe, both separately and together, and also sonatas for two bass-range stringed instruments, the viola da gamba and the cello.

TeleMannia is a worldwide celebration of the music of Georg Phillip Telemann taking place throughout 2017, the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death.

Of the three musical giants born in the 1680s, Telemann was both more prolific and more famous in his own time than either J.S. Bach or Handel, although he also had the most tumultuous personal life. His great professional success was shadowed by family conflict and misfortune. Telemann entered the music field against his family’s wishes, having been trained first in the practice of law. Whereas his contemporaries considered J.S. Bach old-fashioned, Telemann was a trendsetter and his music links the complex contrapuntal Baroque style and the lyrical, melodic music of the Classical period.


A Bass is Born

May 22nd at 7:00pm

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, 11151 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902

Free admission, but seating is limited. To attend, RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-brescia-italy-to-the-plains-va-a-bass-is-born-tickets-34320982984.

Lecture recital featuring:

Thomas Andres Wolf, luthier
Kyle Augustine, Richard Barber, Jessica Powell Eig and Ira Gold, double basses

Musical selections will include works by David Anderson, J.S. Bach, Henry Eccles, Seal/Alex Jacobson, and more!

Acclaimed luthier Thomas Wolf, who is based in The Plains, VA, will discuss the inspiration, process, and methodology of creating a modern copy of an original Maggini double bass, an important example of the Brescian school of stringed instrument making. The event will include musical selections performed on the original Maggini, the new instrument that was copied from it, as well as another historically significant old double bass and a copy that Mr. Wolf made from it. Featuring double bassists Richard Barber and Ira Gold of the National Symphony Orchestra, Kyle Augustine of the United States Navy Band, and Jessica Powell Eig, of the Washington Bach Consort and the New Orchestra of Washington.

Learn a bit about the art and science of bass making, see some very special instruments up close, and enjoy some silly, sublime and seldom heard solos, duets, and quartets performed on double bass!

Mozart and Weber Quintets

February 4, 2017 at 3pm

Location: Community Room, Lawton Community Center (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815)

To attend, please email: directors.neighborhoodconcerts@gmail.com

Mozart Quintet in A Major, K. 581
Weber Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34

The Quintet K. 581 for string quartet and clarinet (the first notable work for this instrumental grouping) was written in 1789, two years prior to the end of Mozart’s short life, during a period of great financial distress, and slowed compositional output for the composer. It was composed for Mozart’s colleague Anton Stadler, whose fine playing inspired many of Mozart’s works incorporating winds, strings, and keyboard. Although Stadler was a great virtuoso, he was a notorious scoundrel, spending money irresponsibly and incurring large debts.

Carl Maria von Weber was one of the first important composers to follow Mozart’s lead in writing for clarinet quintet. Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in Bb Major Op. 34 shares many characteristics with Mozart’s quintet. Both were inspired by a muse, in Weber’s case the clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann. Both Mozart and Weber were gifted composers of opera as well as instrumental concertos, and both pieces, although they were composed for small forces, exhibit the emotional range of opera, and the virtuosity of a concerto. In the case of the Weber, the quintet also had a specific economic goal: Baermann made his living as a touring soloist, and in many of the smaller towns he visited, there were not enough musicians of a suitable skill-level to fill out an orchestra. The clarinet quintet was a vehicle suitable to demonstrate his virtuosity, needing only four other competent musicians in order to produce a public performance.

Jeremy Eig, clarinet
Arminé Graham, violin
Luke Wedge, violin
Sarah Hart, viola
Kathryn Hufnagle, cello

Before Bach

November 13 at 4:00pm

Location: Community Room, Lawton Community Center (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815)

To attend, please email: directors.neighborhoodconcerts@gmail.com

Bach’s well-known solo sonatas, partitas, and suites are all organized in a similar way: an improvisatory-sounding prelude, followed by several movements based on traditional 18th-century dances (e.g. allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue.) This format is very familiar to concert audiences, but where did it originate? Traverse through the centuries and across Europe to find the origins of this beloved music, and meet some of the best composers you’ve never heard of! Selections by Cima, Selma y Salaverde, Locke, Weiss, Morel and others.

Amy Domingues, treble viol
Jessica Powell Eig, bass viol
Anthony Harvey, theorbo


Nella Bella Primavera 

A late spring benefit concert featuring French and Italian chamber music with wine pairings by a sommelier

June 17 at 7:30pm

Let Neighborhood Concerts transport you to the villages and vineyards of Provence, post-WWII Hollywood, and the elegant Hillandale estate of the great DC arts patron, Ann Archbold. Prepare to welcome the summer with good company, good music and fine wine!

Françoise Devienne, Sonata No. 1
Victor Babin, Hillandale Waltzes
Luis Cahuzac, Pastoral Cévenole and Cantilene
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Sonata, Op. 128

Jeremy Eig, clarinet
Joel Ayau, piano


Love, Loss, Transcendence 

Music has the ability to amuse, distract and delight, but it also has the power to express our most profound emotions. This program delves into the essential arc of the human experience: love, loss, and moving on from tragedy. Gorgeous works by Kovacs, Ysaye and Piazzolla express the many facets of love, from admiration to romance to the comfort of mature affection. Golijov’s exquisite Mariel, which he composed while grieving a dear friend, attempts to capture in music the moment when a loved one is taken away. Lera Auerbach’s Prayer is a simple, comforting piece, a balm for grieving hearts. Kevin Putts’ uplifting And Legions Will Rise is about the power within each of us to transcend during times of personal crisis.

Although the grouping of violin, clarinet and marimba is unusual, it is one that offers many fascinating and beautiful possibilities for tone color and timbre, of which this program makes full use.  We are delighted to welcome violinist Jennifer Fritz Kim back to Neighborhood Concerts. Percussionist Robert Schroyer is making his Neighborhood Concerts debut.

4:00pm January 31, 2016

Chevy Chase Town Hall Community Room (Map)

Works by Kovacs, Ysaye, Piazzolla, Golijov, Auerbach and Puts.

Jennifer Fritz Kim, violin
Sean Neidlinger, cello
Jeremy Eig, clarinet and bass clarinet
Robert Schroyer, marimba


 

Byrd Song: A Renaissance Daybook

4:00pm November 22, 2015

Chevy Chase Town Hall Community Room (Map)

Hesperus Viols and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux present Byrd Song: A Renaissance Daybook. The concert traces a day in the life of an English renaissance musician through music; from morning prayers, noontime music lessons, an afternoon at the theater, tea with the family and an evening at the tavern. Featured music will include consort songs, catches, fantasies and broadside ballads from composers such as William Byrd, Matthew Locke, Thomas D’Urfey, Orlando Gibbons and friends.

Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Tina Chancey, viol
Amy Domingues, viol
Jessica Eig, viol
John Mark Rozendaal, viol


Dreams and Dances: Music of Gibbons and Purcell

Friday January 23, 8:00pm (private home)

Saturday January 24, 4:00pm (Chevy Chase Town Hall Community Room)

“Viol players have the best Fantasies,” or so the saying goes! Join us for a program exploring the sublime, delightfully quirky three- and four-part fantasias of Henry Purcell and Orlando Gibbons. Get to know an instrument that you may never have encountered before, the ‘great dooble bass,’ the largest in the viola da gamba family, unique to the music of the English renaissance. We welcome Beth Wenstrom, whom the New Yorker calls elegant and sensual, stylishly wild.”  Beth is making her debut on the Neighborhood Concert series, along with Sarah Biber, whom NPR’s Performance Today calls “passionate and inspired.” In addition, we welcome back multi-instrumentalist and founder of the acclaimed early music group Hesperus, Tina Chancey. These three remarkable musicians will be joined by series co-director Jessica Powell Eig, for a performance that is sure to delight!


Run Away With the Circus

Friday, September 19, 8:00pm (private home)

Sunday September 21, 4:00pm (Chevy Chase Town Hall)

Many people know Prokofiev as the composer of the whimsical children’s piece Peter and the Wolf. Others may know the sparkling, neoclassical Symphony No.1, or the luscious, brooding ballet, Romeo and Juliet. But fewer know the quintet, composed in 1924, in Paris, on commission from what Prokofiev described as a “roving dance troupe.” Each movement is meant to evoke a scene from circus life, and the listener might conjure images of a caged menagerie, drunken carnies, brawling clowns, acrobats lounging backstage between acts—the piece has an atmosphere of cheekiness and irony, juxtaposed with melancholy and nostalgia.  In fact, the “roving dance troupe” was defunct within a year of the commission, but the piece lives on!

We have chosen to present the six strange and wonderful movements of the“Trapeze” quintet along with five solo works by other composers, one for each member of the quintet. Each work was chosen because it speaks to theProkofiev thematically in some way. We hope that hearing this program will delight you as much as preparing it delighted us! Join us in late September for two performances in Chevy Chase, and run away with the circus!

Sergei Prokofiev, Quintet Op. 39 “Trapeze,” for violin, viola, double bass, oboe and clarinet

Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for solo clarinet
Antal Dorati, Five Pieces for solo oboe
Astor Piazolla, Tango Etude No. 3 for solo violin
Luciano Berio, Psy for solo double bass
Garth Knox, 9 fingers for solo viola

Stephen Key, oboe
Jeremy Eig, clarinet
Soojin Chang, violin
Matthew Maffet, viola
Jessica Powell Eig, double bass


An Afternoon of Mozart and Stamitz Quartets
Sunday March 16th, 4:00pm in the Chevy Chase Town Hall Community Room

As anyone familiar with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto can attest, the composer was charmed by the clarinet and reserved some of his loveliest musical ideas for it. So it is a safe assumption that he would have enjoyed these reworkings of two of his string and piano pieces for the combination of violin, viola, clarinet and basso. For their fourth concert cycle this season, Neighborhood Concerts presents two arrangements of chamber works by Mozart, along with a similar arrangement based on a piece by Johann Stamitz.

All thee arrangements were published in the 18th century, not long after the originals were composed, and it is worth noting that although some early editions describe the lowest voice as ‘violoncello,’ in other sources it is rendered as ‘basso.’ Neighborhood Concerts has chosen to have double bass play the lowest part, as Mozart is known to have used the instrument in this way, and to have found the effect delightful. The double bass enjoyed a virtuosic flowering in the late 18th century, and there would have been many players who could have handled the soloistic and technical demands of these pieces.

Mozart, Clarinet Quartet in Bb, K. 378
Stamitz, Quartett in Eb, Op. 8 No.4
Mozart, Clarinet Quartet in F, K. 496

Jeremy Eig, clarinet
Jennifer Fritz Kim, violin
Matthew Maffet, viola
Jessica Powell Eig, double bass


Refined meets Rustic: A Musical Balancing Act
February 23, 4:00pm, Salon Concert

A well-thought-out concert program is like a great meal; contrasting and complimentary ingredients inspire and delight the palate. Join Neighborhood Concerts for an afternoon of effervescent Mozart, whimsical Debussy, earthy Bartok, and a spicy, spirited work by American composer Dan Welcher. Co-director Jeremy Eig is joined by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, artistic director of the New Orchestra of Washington, and Jennifer Fritz Kim of the Washington National Opera Orchestra.

Mozart: Trio No. 4 in Eb “Kegelstatt”K498 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Dan Welcher: Dante Dances for Clarinet and Piano
Claude Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Bela Bartok: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Jeremy Eig, Clarinet
Jennifer Fritz Kim, Violin/Viola
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Piano
Grace Cho, Piano


In Vino Musica: Concert/Wine Tasting
February 21, 7:00pm, Salon Concert

What do you do when you find our that your violinist is also a trained sommelier? Organize a wine event, of course!  Join us for an evening of music and wine pairings, matching works by Mozart, Debussy, Bartok and Welcher with their perfect oenological companions. Sample delicious vintages from Austria, France, Hungary and the U.S. of A, while you are serenaded! Co-director Jeremy Eig is joined by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, artistic director of the New Orchestra of Washington, and Jennifer Fritz Kim of the Washington National Opera Orchestra.This concert is a benefit to support Neighborhood Concerts future concert activities in Chevy Chase, with a suggested donation of $25. Click here to donate now.

Mozart: Trio No. 4 in Eb “Kegelstatt” K498 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Dan Welcher: Dante Dances for Clarinet and Piano
Claude Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Bela Bartok: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Jeremy Eig, Clarinet
Jennifer Fritz Kim, Violin/Viola and Sommelier
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Piano
Grace Cho, Piano


Viola Bastarda: The Art of Appropriation
November 8, 2013 at 7pm, Salon Concert

November 17, 2013 at 4pm, Chevy Chase Town Hall (Community Room)*To attend the November 17th event at the Town Hall, please RSVP to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144.

Join neighbors and friends for a program of 16th and 17th century music.  Jessica Powell Eig will join Tina Chancey, Amy Domingues and Anthony Harvey for a concert devoted to the viola da gamba.  This early bowed string instrument was popular throughout the courts of Europe during the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The program will feature the virtuosic compositional style known as ‘viola bastarda,’in which composers based fantastically ornate solo works on popular, well-known tunes.

Monteverdi, Fugge il verno
Duarte, Sinfonia a 5
Banchieri, L’Alcenagina sopra Vestiva i Colli
Selma y Salaverde, Vestiva Hi Colli Bastarda
Rore, Anchor che col partir
Rogniono, Anchor che col partire facile
Bassano, Divisions on “Frais et Galliarde”
Piccinini, Tocata La Cromatica and Variations on L’Alemana
Ruffo, La brava; La desperata; La gamba; Martin minoit son portiau au marche

Tina Chancey, Viola da Gamba
Amy Domingues, Viola da Gamba
Jessica Powell Eig, Viola da Gamba
Anthony Harvey, lute and theorbo


Folk Influences from Latin America
October 11, 2013 at 8pm, Salon Concert
October 13, 2013 at 3:30pm, Salon Concert

Great composers have always been fascinated with folk music. Think of Mozart and Turkish music, Brahms and the Hungarian Gypsy style, Dvorak and American Spirituals, Debussy and Indonesian Gamelan…All the music in this concert is by Latin American composers schooled in the European tradition who were heavily influenced by their national folk music. Carlos Guastavino’s neo-romantic Sonata has influences from both Rachmaninov’s lush romantic style and raucous Argentinian folk music. One of Mexico’s greatest composers, Arturo Marquez, incorporates multiple dance forms in his Zarabandeo. Astor Piazzolla was an Argentinian tango musician who studied with the famous French composition teacher Nadia Boulanger. The concert will close with a virtuosic arrangement of Gershwin’s Preludes. (I know Gershwin is not from Latin America, but the piece fits really well in the program.)

Sonata, by Carlos Guastavino
Zarabandeo, by Arturo Marquez
Selected Tangos, by Astor Piazzolla
Three Preludes, by George Gershwin

Jeremy Eig, Clarinet
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Piano