Chamber Music at St. James

Chamber Music at St. James

Chamber Music at St. James

St. James’ Episcopal Church, Arlington, Vt., invites you to a concert of chamber music on Wednesday, August 28,  at 7 p.m. Five musicians visiting from Japan will be featured in the concert of musical masterpieces along with Daniel Shulman, piano and Kaori Washiyama, violin. The concert will include the music of Mozart and Brahms.

Comprising a string quartet with clarinet, these professional accomplished artists are participants in this summer’s Shulman/Washiyama Advanced Performer’s Seminar, a program for intensive study and performance directed by Shulman and Washiyama, based in Shushan, New York. The program directors greatly enjoy performing at St. James’ and the quintet of visiting players is traveling here expressly to prepare their repertoire to perform for us. The program includes Mozart’s cheerful and sophisticated Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major and Brahms’ beautifully crafted and deeply expressive Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F Minor. In Mozart’s music the clarinet, while consummately blended with the strings, is given what would certainly have been a unique solo voice at the time this piece was written. This music then served as a lofty model for future composers.

In Brahms’ case the all-important circumstance is that of he came out of self-imposed retirement because he met a clarinet virtuoso of his day whose playing so impressed him that he wrote four major works for him. The F Minor Sonata, alternately dark and serious and warm and friendly, is a very satisfying and engaging listening experience.

Our guest musicians are members of various orchestras and ensembles at home in Japan. Most of them have traveled previously for studies here in the U.S. They have excellent English skills and will be available for conversation after the concert. Another special feature of the evening will be Daniel Shulman’s conversational “Notes” on the music, offered during the concert. Admission is by donation. All proceeds support the St. James’ Church Music Program. All are welcome. For information, call the St. James Parish Office at 802-375-9952, e-mail to stjamesparishoffice@gmail.com or visit stjamearlingtonvt.org.

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