Tchaikovsky: Doumka: Scène rustique russe, Op. 59
Nina Hu, piano
Composed in 1886, Doumka is very popular in the piano repertoire. Tchaikovsky takes you on a journey feeling melancholy, wistfulness and joyful as you visualize scenes of a Russian village.
Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28
Nina Hu, piano
This Mendelssohn piece falls in the category of the fantasy-sonata. The piece starts off melancholy but increasingly becomes faster in tempo. The third movement is considered challenging for pianist because of its quickly rising chromatic scale.
Bach: English Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809
Zitong Wang, piano
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a set of six suites entitled English Suites, BWV 806-811. Zitong Wang performed English Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809, and she hopes the audience enjoy what she enjoyed about the piece, the dance movements. The movements are: Prélude; Allemande; Courante; Sarabande; Menuet and Gigue.
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles
Niles Watson, flute; William Welter, oboe; Slavko Popovic, clarinet; Emeline Chong, bassoon; Amit Melzer, horn
This woodwind quintet hopes the audience has as much fun listening to Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles as they did playing the piece. The bagatelles are quick spirited pieces. Every bagatelle has a different character and within every bagatelle there are many characters. Amit Melzer, horn player of the woodwind quintet describes playing the piece as “fun and funny” and “the biggest challenge was staying serious”. The movements are marked: Allegro con spirito; Rubato: Lamentoso; Allegro grazioso; Presto ruvido; Adagio: Mesto (Béla Bartók in memoriam); Molto vivace: Capriccioso