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May 28, 2013 > "In the Dream of Liberty"

"In the Dream of Liberty"

Submitted By Aileen Chanco

Music at the Mission continues to bring fun, engaging, and thought-provoking classical chamber music to Fremont with its June 1st season finale entitled "In the Dream of Liberty." A mix of new and well-known works by the masters, this concert explores the use of folk music within classical music, especially as a form of nationalism and expression of freedom. The concert features Music at the Mission's Artistic Director Aileen Chanco on piano, former San Antonio Symphony Concertmaster Ertan Torgul on violin, and Bay Area composer and cellist Gianna Abondolo.

"En el Sueno de la Libertad" (In the Dream of Liberty), after which the concert program is named, was written "as a musical journey in the quest of finding freedom. As the subject matter has been a very moving and personal one for me, I felt compelled to write a piece about 'obtaining freedom', with its multi-faceted meanings and what it represents for us all both personally and on a global level," says composer Gianna Abondolo.

Often humorous, Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin's theatrical "In the Style of Albeniz" for cello and piano is a Russian's tongue-in-cheek take on Spanish composer Isaac Abeniz's piano miniatures.

Arno Babadjanian is considered a hero of Armenian nationalism. He grew up surrounded by folk music and after studying composition in Moscow, returned to Yesevan, Armenia, and began composing classical music incorporating the beloved music of his homeland. The program features his "Piano Trio in F# minor."

Much like Babadjanian, Antonin Dvorak did not live to see independence for his native land known today as the Czech Republic. His celebrated piano trio "Dumky" became one of his most famous works and is based on the Czech ballade form of a dumka, a song of lament for a captive people.

There will be a pre-concert lecture featuring Fremont native and pianist Dr. Katherine Lee, as well as a post-concert "meet the artists" reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres.

Tickets at the door are priced at $25 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors, and $10 for 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased online for $28.50 and $23 at or

In the Dream of Liberty
Saturday, June 1
7:15 p.m. Pre-Concert Talk
8 p.m. Concert
Old Mission San Jose Church
43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 402-1724

Tickets: $10.00 - $28.50

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