On Stage at Curtis

Student Recital: Higdon, Barber, Lansky, Bartok

A varied student recital. The program:

Higdon: Summer Shimmers
Niles Watson, flute; Corbin Stair, oboe; Slavko Popovic, clarinet; Catherine Chen, bassoon; Sarah Boxmeyer, horn; Di Wu, piano
This is a tone-poem depicting the sounds and impressions of summer in Tennessee, where Jennifer Higdon spent summers as a teenager. Ms. Higdon is a Curtis graduate and currently teaches composition at the school.

Barber: Summer Music
Niles Watson, flute; Corbin Stair, oboe; Slavko Popovic, clarinet; Catherine Chen, bassoon; Sarah Boxmeyer, horn
The connection between these first two works is unmistakable and intentional. Of course, Samuel Barber was one of the Curtis Institute’s first graduates, and wrote this piece for the Detroit Chamber Music Society in 1953. it has gone on to be one of the most popular chamber works of the 20th century.

Lansky: Semi-Suite
Gideon Whitehead, guitar
David Starobin is co-head (along with Jason Vieaux) of the Curtis Institute’s Guitar Program. Paul Lansky wrote this work for Starobin, who has championed his music. The playful titles of the sections we hear tonight include: Putative Prelude; Partly Pavane and Awkward Allemande.

Bartok: String Quartet No.4
Brandon Garbot & Stephen Waarts, violins; Hyeri Shin, viola; Rainer Eudeikis, cello
Dating from 1927, this quartet employs the “arch” style of construction, with the first and last movements related thematically, as well as the second and fourth. The third movement stands alone. The movements are marked: Allegro; Prestissimo, con sordino; Non troppo lento; Allegretto pizzicato and Allegro molto.

Music Word of the Week: Pizzicato
“‘Plucked”…A technique, used most often on string instruments (usually of the violin family), in which the strings are made to vibrate by being grasped by the fingers of the right hand rather than bowed.” (the fourth movement of the Bartok quartet is played this way) (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)


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