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Chamber Series Begins!

Sunday, October 25, 2009 4:00 pm

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Haydn and SchoenbergOn October 25, 2009, Emmanuel Music, led by Acting Artistic Director John Harbison and Associate Conductor Michael Beattie, presents its first chamber concert in a season featuring the music of Franz Joseph Haydn and Arnold Schoenberg. This concert, titled Serenades, presents both composers in informal dress.

The first half of the program explores both solo and multi-part songs of Haydn. The solo songs (mostly on texts of Anne Hunter, a successful songwriter in her own right) are well crafted, charming, and enormously entertaining. The multi-part songs show Haydn well on his way to the sophisticated vocal writing we find in The Creation and The Seasons.

Schoenberg’s Serenade, one of his most comprehensive, characteristic, and attractive pieces, completes the program.  Its scale and form follow the lines of the big Mozart Serenades, some forty minutes of music – march, menuet, variations, dance-scene, song, and a synoptic finale.  Most curious and personal is the insertion midway through of a thorny and incongruously anguished setting of a Petrarch sonnet (in a German version much more bitter and accusatory than the original).  This jars and unsettles the piece for a while.  Are we misunderstanding the rest? Are they less lighthearted than they seem?


  • Haydn: Vocal solos, ensembles with piano

  • Schoenberg: Serenade, Op. 24

Featured Musicians:

Michael Beattie, piano
Heidi Braun-Hill, violin
William Buonocore, mandolin
Michael Curry, cello
Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano
Eran Egozy, clarinet
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Frank Kelley, tenor
Rane Moore, bass clarinet
John Muratore, guitar
Mary Ruth Ray, viola
Jayne West, soprano
Robert Levin, piano

John Harbison, conductor

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Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Cultural Council.

Upcoming Concerts

Haydn & Schoenberg
Chamber Series

October 25, 4 pm

Treasure Hunt
November 1, 4 pm

November 8, 4 pm


Evening Series

Inventing Genesis
November 14, 8 pm

Schoenberg: Prelude, Op. 44 (Genesis)
Haydn: The Creation


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