8:20 AM EST, February 15, 2013
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Sunday Series will present a chamber music concert titled "Chestnuts, Old and New" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey. Admission is free.
Orchestra members Julie Schleif, horn, and Paul Sonner, violin, will be joined by tenor Larry Winegar and Interlochen Arts Academy pianist Steve Larson in a program featuring works for horn, violin, voice and piano.
The old "chestnut" on the program is one of the last songs that Franz Schubert wrote, "Auf Dem Strom." The new "chestnuts" are new works that enrich the repertoire for the horn, including Randell Faust's "Epitaph" and Andrew Downes' "Sonata for Horn, Violin and Piano."
Schubert's song, "Auf Dem Strom," which features Winegar and Schleif, was composed in 1828 to poetry by Ludwig Rellstab. The horn plays an obbligato part which is unique among the many songs that Schubert wrote.
In addition to his activity as a composer, Faust is a professor at Western Illinois University, hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet, and has taught on the summer horn faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for more than two decades. "Epitaph" was composed in memory of Ellen Campbell, a hornist who was both a friend and colleague of Faust and Schleif.
Downes composed the "Sonata for Horn, Violin and Piano" for the Brahms Trio Prague, and the work was premiered in Prague in February 2008. He has added considerable repertoire for the horn, including the "Sonata for Eight Horns" for the horn octet of the University of New Mexico. More recently, he composed a concerto for horn and symphony orchestra, premiered in Birmingham Town Hall in October 2012.
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Sunday Series provides the community the opportunity to experience an intimate musical event. Chamber music has a long history of musicians gathering to play and sing for one another and a group of good friends. The Sunday Series programs are presented free of charge with the support of the Roger and Peggy Dicken Schwer Fund administered by the Petoskey/Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.
For more information about the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, go to www.glcorchestra.org.