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March 13, 2018 > Quintet:


Music and culture intersect with Mighty Danube
Submitted by Vickilyn Hussey
Photos by James Sakane

Masterful, romantic and passionate, the music of Hungary and Austria echoes the historic Danube River and is the inspiration for Music at the Missions Thursday, March 22 concert at Old Mission San Jose. The program is poetry and storytelling at its finest, with stellar and deeply moving works by Haydn, Doppler, Smetana, Liszt, and Dohnanyi.

We will have many familiar faces on stage, including Steve Huber and Ertan Torgul on violin, and Ivo Bokulic on viola, with Rhonda Bradetich, flute, and Katherine Lee and Aileen Chanco, pianos. Im also happy we will be joined for the first time by Jennifer Kloetzel, former cellist with the celebrated Cypress String Quartet, said Bill Everett, artistic co-director of Music at the Mission.

?Central Europe has many distinct cultures, yet also many common ties. The anube draws these nationalities together geographically, explained Everett in describing the concert theme. Well be artistically exploring where the music intersects from these varied cultures.

The London Flute Trio by Haydn is absolutely delightful, a great composer having fun, as many listeners have commented. Its light, sparkling quality contrasts dramatically later in the program with the dark transformative emotions of Smetanas Piano Trio in G. In between those two, Dopplers Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise has as many turns and twists as a river. Liszts Mazeppa for Four Hands is a Byronic thunderous wild ride before the concert concludes with the triumphant ending of the Dohnanyi Piano Quintet No. 1. With its lush soaring emotion, it could pass for an early work by Brahms (who admired Dohnanyi),? said Martin Jukovsky on AllMusic.

The concert will be dedicated to David Ogden Stiers, who appeared several times with Music at the Mission, as narrator. David was, in addition to being Major Charles Emerson Winchester III [M*A*S*H] and many other roles, a classical musician and conductor and was extremely generous with his time with many organizations, including Music at the Mission, noted Everett. It has been a while since he has performed with us, but he was part of the Music at the Mission family.

There will be a Pre-Concert Talk at 7:15 p.m. with a short performance by Music at the Mission ChamberFest students, 13-year-old Jeston Lu, piano, and 14-year-old Angela Sun, cello. Please support their efforts by attending the Pre-Concert Talk.

Concert ticket holders are invited to meet the artists at the After-Party Reception sponsored by J. R. Griffin Construction, held at Mission Coffee. Details and concert tickets are available online, by phone, or at the door.

Experience the extraordinary with Music at the Mission at The Mighty Danube on March 22, and All Strings Attached on May 11. The Mission Masquerade Buccaneers Ball, a fabulous fundraiser for Music at the Mission honoring the Niles-Rotary Club of Fremont and Volunteer of the Year Katherine Lee, will be held on April 13. For these and other concerts, events and youth programs, check and

The Mighty Danube
Thursday, Mar 22
7:15 p.m.: Pre-Concert Events
8:00 p.m.: Concert
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 402-1724
Tickets: $15 - $55

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