Schubert Serenade: A Concert of Chamber Music
Friday, April 7, 2017, 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Durham, N.C.
Shy Schubert, awkward in one-on-one relationships, reveled in performing his music closely surrounded by groups of friends and supporters in comfortable Viennese drawing rooms. Fashioned after these “Schubertiades”, the Chamber Choir of the Choral Society will join with the Ciompi Quartet in performing “Schubert: A Serenade of Chamber Music”. Piano accompanist is David Cole.
In Schubert’s time, accomplishment in music, literature and art was celebrated and encouraged – almost everyone in Vienna could play an instrument. Also, the piano was maturing into the instrument we know today, and became a fixture in many homes of the rising middle class, perhaps popularized by events such as these Schubertiades.
In our 70 minute program, the Chamber Choir will sing some of Schubert’s lyrical “partsongs”, either with piano or unaccompanied, and the Ciompi Quartet will perform a string quartet.
The Chamber Choir of the Choral Society of Durham
The 34-voice Chamber Choir is selected from the 150-member Choral Society of Durham, which features singers from all walks of life, selected by audition within and around the Research Triangle area, some coming as far as Virginia. The long-time conductor Rodney Wynkoop, who is also the Director of University Choral Music at Duke University, has earned critical acclaim for artistic excellence and innovative programming with his various choral groups.
The Ciompi Quartet
This widely-traveled string quartet features Eric Pritchard, Hsiao-mei Ku, Jonathan Bagg, and Fred Raimi, all professors at Duke. In a career that includes many hundreds of concerts and spans five continents, the Ciompi Quartet has developed a reputation for performances of real intelligence and musical sophistication, and for a warm, unified sound that is enhanced by each player’s strong individual voice.