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May 27, 2014 > Vienna


Submitted By Music at the Mission

Ending its season with a bang, Music at the Mission presents its final concert, ÒVienna,Ó on Saturday, May 31 at the historic Old Mission San Jose Church in Fremont.

Celebrating the staggering influences and far reaching musical traditions of which AustriaÕs iconic city Vienna has been witness to, Music at the Mission will feature Bay Area chamber musicians, violinist Karen Shinozaki, violist Chad Kaltinger, cellist Michael Graham, and pianist Aileen Chanco in a tour de force program of works by Brahms, Mozart, and Schoenberg.

Starting with the 18th century through the 20th century, this program aims to draw the audience into the irresistible charm of Europe's musical capital. The Mozart ÒPiano Quartet in G MinorÓ is a piece that is contrapuntally complex, with imitative writing shared between all the instruments. The second movement is a noble song that would not be out of place in one of MozartÕs more serious operas, and the third movement, in the parallel key of G Major, is Haydnesque in its rhythmic humor and conversational exchanges between instruments. Today, the ÒPiano Quartet in G minorÓ is considered one of MozartÕs great masterpieces and the first major work composed for the piano quartet.

Brahms wrote his first ÒPiano Quartet No. 1, op. 25Ó in g minor just prior to moving to Vienna, which was a work he used as his Òcalling cardÓ upon entering into the musical life of the Austrian imperial capital. Steeped in his combination of traditional form and Romantic harmony, the work finishes with a Hungarian inspired ÒGypsy Rondo.Ó

The final piece of the program will be the ÒPhantasie for Violin and Piano Accompaniment, op. 47,Ówhich was Arnold SchoenbergÕs last chamber music piece. Born in Vienna, Schoenberg was the mastermind behind atonal music and the inventor of the 12-tone row method of composition. Acknowledging the possible fear of the general public to listen to atonality, the inventor describes his method as such: ÒComposing with twelve tones is not nearly as forbidding and exclusive a method as is popularly believed. It is primarily a method demanding logical order and organization of which comprehensibility should be the main result.Ó (My Evolution, 1949). With that in mind, the short ÒPhantasie op. 47Ó can best be described as a piece beautifully expressive and passionate in its use of 12-tone composition. Being a great admirer of Brahms, Schoenberg also arranged the Brahms ÒPiano Quartet in G Minor no. 1, op. 25Ó for orchestra.

Performing artists Karen Shinozaki Sor, Chad Kaltinger, Michael Graham and Aileen Chanco are members of the Music at the MissionÕs cadre of leading chamber musicians and appear regularly with ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Violinist Shinozaki Sor is a member of the New Century Chamber Ensemble; violist Kaltinger is a member of Quartet San Francisco; cellist Graham appears regularly with the Oakland Symphony and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Chanco has appeared as a concert pianist throughout the United States and internationally and is Music at the Mission's founding director.

There will be an informative Pre-Concert Talk given by Music at the MissionÕs 2014 composer-in-residence Mark Fish as well as a post-concert ÒMeet the artistsÓ reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres at Mission Coffee.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $25 for students and seniors at the door. Tickets purchased online are $28 for general admission and $23 for students and seniors. They may be purchased online at or More information is available at (510) 402-1724.

Saturday, May 31
7:15 p.m. Pre-Concert Talk
8 p.m. Concert
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 402-1724
Tickets: $23/$28 advance, $25/$30 at door

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