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May 8, 2018 > All Strings Attached

All Strings Attached

Submitted By Vickilyn Hussey

In All Strings Attached on Friday, May 11, the Music at the Mission Chamber Players become symphonic in scale (though not in size), taking advantage of Old Mission San Joses acoustics to shake the roof off with a daring program of large-scale works that include Dvoraks joyful Serenade for Strings in E Major, Mendelssohns masterpiece Octet in E-flat, and Golijovs massive chamber piece for two string quartets and double bass, Last Round. With the heightened connectivity and creative interplay of this exceptional chamber ensemble, playing all out and totally committed Ðall strings attached Ð the experience promises to be a knockout!

The strings, virtuosos all, are Steve Huber, violin; Christina Mok, violin; Matt Szemela, violin; Eugenia Wie, violin; Ivo Bokulic, viola; Emily Onderdonk, viola; Michael Graham, cello; Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello; and Bill Everett, double bass.

This last concert of the year is a program of works that demands the largest grouping of chamber musicians that we have had in a single concert. It is demanding both physically and emotionally for all of our players and I am so excited about presenting these three dynamic works featuring the majority of our Music at the Mission Chamber Players, all in one concert, declared Music at the MissionÕs General Director Aileen Chanco.

Dvoraks Serenade is a beautiful way to begin a spring concert. It flows delightfully with a current of happiness and optimism, lightly flavored by the lively Bohemian folk dances the composer enjoyed throughout his life. The Mendelssohn Octet is, in a word, brilliant. It is breathtaking, a sophisticated symphonic work of near diabolical complexity (Michael Morrison, AllMusic). Performed by Music at the Mission Chamber Players, it promises to be an extraordinary experience.

Last Round is a fantastic way to close the concert and the season. The title, borrowed from a short story about boxing by Julio Cortázar, imagines a chance for the spirit of the last great tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, to fight one last time.

The workÕs Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov goes on to describe it as Òa sublimated tango dance. Two quartets confront each other, separated by the focal bass, with violins and violas standing up as in the traditional tango orchestras. The bows fly in the air as inverted legs in crisscrossed choreography, always attracting and repelling each other, always in danger of clashing, always avoiding it with the immutability that can only be acquired by transforming hot passion into pure pattern.Ó

There will be a Pre-Concert Talk at 7:15 p.m. before the concert begins at 8 p.m. Concert ticket holders are also 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 or at the door.

All Strings Attached
Friday, May 11
7:15 p.m.: Pre-Concert Talk
8:00 p.m.: Concert
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 402-1724
Tickets: $15 Ð $55

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