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Our Concert History

Concerts and Lectures presented by the Music of the Spheres Society
November 2001 - March 2015

November 1, 2001: In Memoriam: 9/11

Hymn-Tune for horn solo - Johan Kvandal
Partita in D Minor for violin solo - J. S. Bach
Elegie for horn and piano - Francis Poulenc
Horn Trio - Johannes Brahms

Pre–concert talk: “The Solace of Musical Expression” by Stephanie Chase


February 21, 2002: Heroism in Music and Life

Sonata in A Minor for piano and violin - Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for clarinet, violin and piano - Aram Khachaturian
Quartet “For the End of Time” - Olivier Messiaen

Pre-concert talk: “Temperament: The Idea that Solved Music’s Greatest Riddle” by Stuart Isacoff


April 11, 2002: The Virtuous Chamber Musician

Trio Sonata in D Major - Luigi Boccherini
La Villanelle for horn and piano - Paul Dukas
Sonata for violin and ‘cello - Maurice Ravel
Piano Quartet in E-flat Major - Antonin Dvorak

Pre-concert talk: “A False Messiah: The Case Against the World’s Most Famous Stradivarius Violin” by Stewart Pollens


October 3, 2002: The Orchestral Sound in Chamber Music

Sonata for bassoon and ‘cello, KV 292 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for strings and winds, Opus 39 - Sergei Prokofiev
Octet, D803 - Franz Schubert

Pre-concert talk: “What Did Stradivarius Know about Acoustics?” by Stewart Pollens


January 23, 2003: Viennese Masterworks

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Kammersymphonie No. 1 - Arnold Schoenberg
Symphony No. 7 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Pre-concert talk: “How to Build a Concert Hall” by Paul Scarbrough

April 3, 2003: Four Degrees of Janacek

Terzetto for two violins and viola - Antonin Dvorak
Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano - Robert Schumann
Sonata in E-flat Major for clarinet and piano - Johannes Brahms
Concertino - Leos Janacek

Pre-concert talk: “The First Three Hundred Years of the Piano” by Stewart Pollens


September 25, 2003: The Inspirations of Johannes Brahms

Partita in E Major for violin solo - Johann Sebastian Bach
Fairy-Tales for viola and piano - Robert Schumann
Variations on Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu - Ludwig van Beethoven
Quintet for clarinet and strings - Johannes Brahms

Pre-concert talk: “What Inspires a Composer?” by Martin Nass, Phd.


December 16, 2003: The Musical World of El Greco

Presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hymn to the Muse Calliope - Greek (composer unknown, ca. 1st cent. AD)
Paean to Apollo - Limenius of Athens? (ca. 1st-2nd century BC)
Villancico (Decidle al caballero que..) - Diego Pisador (1509? – after 1557)
Pavane VI - Luys de Milán (ca. 1500 - ca.1561)
Pavane V “La bella Franceschina”
Nunca fue pena major - Juan Urrede (fl. 2nd half of the 15th century)
Doulce Memoire - Diego Ortiz (ca. 1510 - ca. 1570)Recercada Primo Sobre Doulce Memoire 
Recercada Segonda sobre la misma cancion
O Tentalora - Anonymous (published by Petrucci, 1508)Balletto - incenzo Capirola
Romance No. 1 - Luys de Milán 
Che farala, che dirala - Michele (Vincentino) Pesenti (ca. 1470 – died after 1524)
Duo - Miguel de Fuenllana (ca. 1510 – ca. 1586)
Fantasia No. 1 Calata ala spagnola - Joan Ambrosio Dalza (fl. 1508)
Romanesca - Alonso de Mudarra (ca. 1510 - 1580)
Saltarello - Vincenzo Galilei (late 1520’s? - 1591)
Conde claros - Luys de Narváez (flourished 1530’s - 1550’s)

All musical transcriptions and arrangements are by Stephanie Chase.

This program was performed on period instruments.


February 19, 2004: A Year in Music: 1914

Serenata in vano for winds and strings - Carl Nielsen
Sonata for violin and piano - Leos Janacek
Suite Espagnole populaire- Manuel de Falla (Kochanski)
Piano Trio - Maurice Ravel

Pre-concert talk: “Beethoven’s Pianos” by Stewart Pollens


May 6, 2004: A Folk Heritage: Music from Bohemia

Sonatina, Opus 100 for violin and piano - Antonin Dvorak
Notturno for horn, violin and piano - Jan Dussek
Duo for violin and ‘cello - Bohuslav Martinu
Quintet for piano, violin, horn, clarinet and cello - Zdenek Fibich

Pre-concert talk: “Leonardo Da Vinci and Music” by Stewart Pollens


October 1, 2004: A (Wild) Night at the Opera!

String Sonata No. 4 - Gioachino Rossini
String Quarte - tGiuseppe Verdi
"A Fantasy about Carmen" - *Georges Bizet/Stephanie Chase
Clarinet Quintet- Carl Maria von Weber

Pre-concert talk: “La Commedia e Stupenda!” by Nimet Habachy


November 5, 2004: A Ménage à Quatre: The Voices of the String Quartet

Duo "Eyeglasses obbligato" for viola and cello - Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata for two violins - Sergei Prokofiev
"Spanish Garland" for string quartet - Jose Evangelista
String Quartet in F Major, "American" - Antonín Dvorak

Pre-concert talk: “Healing Through Music” by Kerry Lee


February 18, 2005: Dancing and Dreaming in a New World

"Landscape of Dreams" for violin solo - Edward Applebaum
"Twilight" for violin, horn and piano - John Harbison
Duo for violin and cello - Zoltan Kodaly
Ponteio e Danca for cello and piano - Mozart Camargo Guarnieri
Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano - Béla Bartók

Pre-concert talk: “The Earliest Instrument? The Case of the Neanderthal Flute” by J. Kenneth Moore


May 6, 2005: Heroes, Muses, a Mazurka and the Devil: Romantic Journeys for Violin and Piano

Sonata in G Major, Opus 78 - Johannes Brahms
Valse Silhouette - Rudolf Friml
Spanish Serenade
The Devil’s Joke 
Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 18 - Richard Strauss

Pre-concert talk: “Acoustical and Design Considerations in Building a Concert Hall” by Paul Scarbrough (rescheduled from May 2004)


October 10, 2005: The Music of the Spheres: Cosmic Vibrations

Density 21.5 for solo flute - Edgard Varese
Kegelstatt Trio - W.A. Mozart
Varied Trio - Lou Harrison
Sonata in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Dirt Music (world premiere) - Edward Applebaum
Sphärenklänge Walzer - Josef Strauss (arr. Stephanie Chase)

Meet the Composer: Edward Applebaum


February 9, 2006: Birthday Presence!

Music by Arriaga, Shostakovich and Mozart in Celebration of their Birth Anniversaries

String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major - Juan Arriaga (1806-1826)
Piano Trio in E Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1972)Clarinet Quintet - W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Post-concert Talk: "How Do Musicians Interpret the Composer's Ideas?" Led by Martin Nass, Phd.


April 27, 2006: Musical Passages, Journeys in Sound

Passacaglia- Johan Halvorsen (on a theme by Handel)
Duo for Violin and Cello - Erwin Schulhoff
Piano Trio - Piotyr Iliych Tchaikovsky

Post-concert Talk with the Artists


October 26, 2006: Sounds Like America!

November 19, 1828 - John Harbison
Clarinet Sonata - Leonard Bernstein
Lullaby for String Quartet - George Gershwin
Piano Quintet - Amy Beach

Post-concert Talk: "The Rhythmic Brain" by Eric Barnhill


February 2, 2007: Night Music

Serenade for String Trio - Ernst Dohnanyi 
Clarinet Trio - Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 1 (American Premiere) - David Jaedyn Conley
La Creation du Monde - Suite de Concert - Francis Milhaud


April 25, 2007: The Romantic Heart

"Devil's Trill" Sonata - Giuseppe Tartini 
Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano - Max Bruch
Vocalise - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Quartet Opus 60 - Johannes Brahms

Pre-concert Talk: "The Unknown Stradivarius" by Stewart Pollens


October 25, 2007: Mysterious Signs/Poetic Inspirations

La Lugubre Gondola - Franz Liszt
Second Elegy Die Zelle in Nonnewerth 
Sonata for violin and piano - Francis Poulenc
Seven Romances - Dmitri Shostakovich

Pre-concert Talk: "How Vertebrate Movement Patterns Shape Musical Structures" by Andrew Warshaw


December 6, 2007: A Year in Music: 1906

Autumn - Charles Ives
Piano Quintet - Anton Webern
Miniatures for Piano Trio - Frank Bridge

Rags - Scott Joplin (arr. S. Chase)
Piece en forme de Habanera - Maurice Ravel
Piano Quintet - Joaquin Turina

Pre-concert Talk: "The Music of the Spheres and Its Origins" by Stewart Pollens


February 21, 2008: On the Road to Hollywood

Sonata for two violins - Miklos Rozsa
Piano Trio ("From a Bohemian Village") - Rudolf Friml
Duo for Violin and Cello, Opus 7 - Hanns Eisler
Suite from "L'Histoire du Soldat" - Igor Stravinsky
Valse on the Name of Gregor Piatigorsky - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Kammersymphonie No. 1 - Arnold Schoenberg/arr. Webern


April 17, 2008: Noble Visions: The Sound World of Robert Schumann

Duet for violin and viola in C Major - Johann Kalliwoda
Piano Quartet Op. 2, No. 2 - Felix Mendelssohn
Duo for clarinet and piano - Norbert Burgmuller
Piano Quartet in E-flat Major - Robert Schumann

Pre-concert Talk: "The Mind of Robert Schumann" by Martin Nass


December 1, 2008: Festive Music for a Winter's Eve

Presented by Dallas Chamber Music Society

Sonata in C Major for cello and harpsichord - Johann Sebald Triemer
Trio Sonata No. 3 - Luigi Boccherini
Vicino a un rivoletto - Antonio Caldara
Sonata for violin and continuo ("Devil's Trill") - Giuseppe Tartini
Aria from "Arianna in Creta" - Georg Frideric Handel
Arias from "Giulio Cesare"


October 16, 2009: Flying Fingers! Virtuoso Music for String Quintet

Siete Canciones Espagnolas - Manuel de Falla
Sonata in D Minor for violin and piano - *Johannes Brahms
Caprice Basque - Pablo de Sarasate
Romanza Andaluza
A Capricious CHASE (Caprice No. 24) - Niccolo PaganiniAll

Music arranged for string (double bass) quintet by Stephanie Chase. *World premiere of this arrangement.

Pre-concert talk and demonstration:"An Ancient Stringed Instrument Reborn: The Angular Harp" by Bo Lawergren and Tomoko Sugawara


February 26, 2010: Sound Travels Through Vienna

Sonata No. 2, Op. 115 for violin solo (1948) - Ernest Krenek
Caprice Viennois (1910) - Fritz Kreisler
Four Pieces for violin and piano (1910) - Anton Webern
Clarinet Sonata Op. 120 (1894) - Johannes Brahms
Klavierstucke No. 1 D 946 (1828) - Franz Schubert
Sonata for violin and piano K 305 (1778) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pre-concert talk: '"I drink my wine where Beethoven drank his!": Johannes Brahms in Vienna' by Styra Avins


April 16, 2010: Immortal Beloveds

Piano Trio WoO 36 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Late Summer - Tom Cipullo
Race for the Sky - Richard Pearson Thomas
Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 (rev.) - Johannes Brahms

Pre-concert talk: "Race for the Sky: Poetry and Music in Response to 9/11" by Richard Pearson Thomas


November 5, 2010: Trilogies

Piano Trio in C Major, K.548 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Trio (1921) - Rebecca Clarke
Piano Trio Op. 97, "Archduke" - Ludwig van Beethoven

Pre-concert talk: "The Secrets of Stradivari’s Varnish Revealed!" by Stewart Pollens


March 11, 2011: The Sound World of Cesar Franck

Piano Trio, Op. 101, No.3 - Anton Reicha
Berceuse - Gabriel Faure
Piece - Ernest Chausson
String Trio "Le Chimay" - Eugene Ysaye
Piano Quintet - Cesar Franck

Pre-concert talk: "Francois-Xavier Tourte and the Invention of the Modern Violin Bow" by Stewart Pollens


April 29, 2011: Cafe Music!

Suite Italienne (arr. S. Dushkin) - Igor Stravinsky
Cheap Imitation I for violin solo - John Cage
Concerto a tre for violin, clarinet and piano - Ingolf Dahl
Capriccio - Paul Hindemith
"The Frog He Went A-Courting"
Café Music for piano trio - Paul Schoenfield

Pre-concert talk: "Dissonance: The Purveyor of Time" by Eric Wen


December 2, 2011: Bon Anniversaire! Une Soirée Musicale

Duo Concertante in G Minor for two violins, Op. 37, No. 1 - Charles-Auguste De Beriot
Sonata for violin and piano - Maurice Ravel
First Rhapsody for clarinet and piano - Claude Debussy
Le voyageur sans bagages: Suite for clarinet, violin and piano, Op. 157b - Darius Milhaud

Meet the Artists Following the Concert!


April 19, 2012: At last, to be identified!

Sonata in F Major for violin and piano - Felix Mendelssohn
Sonata for solo violin MS83 - Niccolo Paganini
At last, to be identified! - Richard Pearson Thomas
Piano Trio No. 2 - Camille Saint-Saens

Pre-concert talk: "Casino Paganini" by Stewart Pollens

This concert was repeated on April 22 at Troy Friends of Chamber Music, Troy, NY


November 26, 27, 28, 2012: Stephanie Chase and Sara Buechner Play Beethoven - The Ten Violin Sonatas in Three Concerts

CONCERT I on November 26:

Sonatas Nos. 5, 10 and 7

CONCERT II on November 27:

Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 6, and 8

CONCERT I on November 28:

Sonatas Nos. 1, 4 and 9

Meet the Artists Following the Concert


February 15, 2013: Our Daily Lives

Trio for piano, clarinet and cello, Op. 11 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata for clarinet and piano - Francis Poulenc
Piano Trio No. 4, "Dumky" - Antonin Dvorak

Pre-concert talk: "The Music of the Spheres in Our Daily Lives" by Stephanie Chase


April 19, 2013: The Bohemian Spirit

Duo for two violins, Op. 70, No. 2 - Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Madrigals for violin and viola, H313 - Bohuslav Martinu
String trio - Gideon Klein
String quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77 - Antonin Dvorak

Pre-concert talk: "The Creation of a New Opera" by Nancy Rhodes

November 21, 2013: Totally Mozart!
Sonata for piano in F major, K332
Sonata for piano and violin in A major, K526
Piano trio in C major, K548
Piano trio in B-flat major, K502


March 20, 2014: A Few Degrees of Clara Schumann
Sonata for violin and piano, op. 128 - Joachim Raff
Song Without Words - Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17 - Clara Schumann
Piano Trio in C minor, op. 101 - Johannes Brahms

April 24, 2014: Iconoclasts of the Early 20th Century
Sonata for violin solo, op. 115 (1947) - Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata no. 1 for violin and piano (1923) - Bela Bartok
Largo for clarinet, violin and piano (1901, rev. 1934) - Charles Ives
Sonata for clarinet and piano (1921) - Camille Saint-Saens


February 6, 2015: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Sonata for clarinet and piano - Leonard Bernstein
Sonata in G Major for violin and piano, Opus 78 - Johannes Brahms
Contrasts - Bela Bartok
Selections from Rags for the Two Jons - John Novacek


March 20, 2015: A Salute to the Zimbalists!
Sonata for violin and piano - Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Fantasy on "Le coq d'or" - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. by Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.
Sonata for violin and piano, op. 108 - Johannes Brahms


Pre-concert talk: "The Violin and Bad Science" by Stewart Pollens


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