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November 16, 2010 > Music at the Mission debuts with Belle Epoque

Music at the Mission debuts with Belle Epoque

By Janet Grant

Belle Epoque, French for "Beautiful Era." Not only does it describe a time of great change in Europe transitioning from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, but it too describes Music at the Mission's exciting new 2010-2011 season. In its sixth year of bringing dynamic and exciting chamber works to the Bay Area, the series first concert of the season brings together an amazing array of musicians for a night of intense virtuosity.

Europe's beautiful era was named in retrospect when it was considered to be a golden age. It began in the late nineteenth century, at the apex of the Romantic period and ended with the turmoil of World War I. But during that time great advancements were made in science and technology, unusual political stability existed in western and central Europe, and the arts underwent a radical transformation into cultural modernity. On November 20th, Music at the Mission echoes that gilded time through the music of the era. It will trace classical music through the turn of the century, from the heights of the Romantic period to the earliest seeds of twentieth century music.

Saturday evening's program consists of an incredible range of music written by some of the most gifted composers of this transistionary time. From romance to modernistic variations, six incredible artists will provide a night of compositional greatness reflecting the unique sounds of evolutionary music of the Belle Epoque. The performance consists of "La Plus Que Lente" by Claude Debussy; "Sonata for Violin and Piano" by Maurice Ravel; "Piano Trio no. 3" by Johannes Brahms; "Excerpts from Lyric Suite" by Alban Berg, and "String Quintet no. 2 in G major" by Antonin Dvorak.

Saturday's concert also features pianist and Music at the Mission Artistic Director Aileen Chanco, bassist Bill Everett, violinists Debra Fong and Steve Huber, violist Emily Onderdonk, and cellist Gianna Abondolo.

Come join Fremont's very own Classical Chamber Music series as it celebrates its brand new season at the old Mission San Jose. With six years of bringing its signature "Chamber Music outside the Box" style of repertoire, Music at the Mission promises more of the high-caliber and provocative programs that audiences have been inspired by.

On Saturday, an informative, half-hour talk by musician Bill Everett at 7:15 p.m. will precede the concert; the concert begins at 8 p.m. A complimentary champagne reception to meet the artists will immediately follow the concert.

Tickets may be purchased online, by mail, or at the door beginning at 6:45 p.m. on the day of the performance.

Music at the Mission presents "Belle Epoque"
Saturday, November 20
8 p.m.
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont

General Admission, $28.50, Students/Seniors, $23 (online)
General Admission, $25, Students/Seniors, $20 (at the door)

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Mail: 43575 Mission Blvd, Suite 523, Fremont, CA 94539

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