February 13, 2014 Boston, Massachusetts │Emmanuel Music continues its grand tradition of surveying major bodies of composers’ chamber music with this fourth and final year of the Beethoven Chamber Series on March 16 & 30, 2014 at Emmanuel Church at 4pm.
The early spring series begins on March 16th with the appropriately-timed Beethoven “Spring” sonata, op. 24, one of his most beloved works. This well-known piece shares the stage with rarely heard works such as Opferlied, op. 121b; Wind Octet, op. 103; and a selection of songs of the Iberian Peninsula. “The lesser-known works of composers are often-times more compelling and revealing to me than the more celebrated pieces,” Emmanuel Music’s Artistic Director Ryan Turner says of the afternoon’s program. The eclectic mix of works, ranging from lieder, wind octets, a violin sonata, and Portuguese and Spanish folk songs, comprise a line-up rarely heard on the same stage in one afternoon.
On March 30th, celebrated pianist Russell Sherman returns to the stage for the first time since recovering from an injury he sustained this fall. Mr. Sherman’s ties with Emmanuel Music trace back to its beginnings; he was a teacher of Emmanuel Music’s late founder Craig Smith, and has performed many times with Emmanuel Music since the organization’s inception in 1970. The March 30th chamber programs features some of Beethoven’s most complex pieces handpicked by Mr. Sherman, including the “Cockcrow” violin sonata and “Archduke” piano trio. He is joined by acclaimed cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer and violinist Gabriela Diaz to close Emmanuel Music’s comprehensive four-year survey of Beethoven chamber works.
“What I like about closing the Beethoven series with these three performers is that they together represent the ensemble spirit of Emmanuel Music,” begins Mr. Turner. “Russell Sherman is a legacy who has been associated with Emmanuel Music since its beginnings, Rafael Popper-Keizer is a seasoned performer, and Gabriela Diaz is one of Boston’s emerging stars and an Emmanuel Music Lorraine Hunt Lieberson fellow. All three, in different stages in their career, appearing alongside one another on a stage, is something that is unique to Emmanuel Music and a core part of our mission.”
Der Bardengeist, WoO 142
Ruf vom Berge, WoO 147
Gedenke mein!, WoO 130
Der Jüngling in der Fremde, WoO 138
Roberta Anderson, soprano
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Charles Blandy, tenor
Paul Guttry, bass
Leslie Amper, piano
Special Post-concert Dinner Package
On every concert date, the neighboring 4-Star Taj Boston Café will be serving a 3-course dinner for $38 per person for Emmanuel concert ticket holders only. Click here for menu and more info.
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Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by a grant from
the Massachusetts Cultural Council.