The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento’s new brochure, announcing its 2021/22 season, gets straight to the point. “LIVE MUSIC IS RETURNING! Are the words that dominate the cover of the brochure.
The first concert at Davis will take place on Saturday, October 9 – and there will be additional programming in November, December, January, February, April and June, as the company emerges from an 18-month suspension caused by the COVID pandemic.
This season’s schedule sees the group appear in three different locations in Davis. There will be two performances on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Bet Haverim on Anderson Road, three performances at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on Hawthorn Lane and two performances at Davis High School’s Brunelle Hall on West 14th St. The repertoire and guest artists for Davis’ performances include:
October 9: Russian composer Anton Arensky’s Cello Quartet (1894), dedicated by the composer to the memory of the recently deceased Tchaikovsky. Theme and Variations for Flute Quartet by American composer Amy Beach (1916). And the famous String Quartet “The Maiden and Death” by Franz Schubert (1824). At 7:30 p.m., Bet Haverim Congregation, 1715 Anderson Road. (The program repeats Sunday, October 10 at 4 p.m. at the Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento).
November 27: Pianist I-Hui Chen (of the UC Davis Faculty of Music will be featured in the famous Also Piano Quintet (1940) by Russian / Soviet composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Also an early work by Ludwig van Beethoven (the String Trio , Opus 9, No. 1, 1798) and one of WA Mozart’s Flute Quartets (who composed four of them.) At 7:30 p.m., Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road. (The program resumes Sunday, November 28 at 4 p.m. in the Music Building at Sacramento State.)
December 18: Harpsichordist Faythe Vollraft will perform in the Chamber Music Society‘s now traditional holiday concert, featuring works from the Baroque era, including a concerto by Giovanni Pergolesi; a set of variations on a theme by Baroque-era composer GF Handel, arranged in 1897 by Norwegian violinist / composer Johann Halvorsen); a caprice for violin composed in the 1700s by the Italian composer Pietro Locatelli (“Il Laborinto armonico”); and JS Bach’s Triple Concerto (for flute, violin and harpsichord), which he is said to have composed in the 1720s. At 7:30 p.m., Brunelle Hall of Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. repeat Sunday, December 19 at 4 p.m. in the Episcopal Cathedral of the Trinity in Sacramento).
January 29: Soprano Carrie Hennessey, who has performed several times with the Chamber Music Society over the years, will be accompanied by pianist Jennifer Reason in performances of French vocal works from the late 1800s and early 1900s. by Maurice Ravel, Ernest Chausson and Cécile Chaminade. Also on the program, the Sonata for violin and piano (No. 7) by Ludwig van Beethoven, and the String Quartet in E flat minor by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel. At 7:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane. (The concert repeats on Sunday, January 30 at 4 p.m. at the Music Building in Sacramento State).
February 26: Guitarist David Tanenbaum (president of the guitar program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music) will be featured in a guitar concerto (originally composed for lute by Antonio Vivaldi in the 1730s) and shorter compositions for guitar and violin by Javier Contreras (a contemporary composer from Chile) and by Niccolo Paganini (mainly famous in the 1800s as a violinist, but also a talented guitarist). At 7:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane. (The concert repeats Sunday, February 27 at 4 p.m. at the Music Building in Sacramento State).
April 9: Two established classics – the String Quartet in D major, K 575, by WA Mozart, and Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms) – will be presented with Adela Maddison’s Piano Quintet (1917 ), a pioneering British composer active in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She lived in Paris for a time, and evolved in musical circles which included Debussy, Ravel and particularly Fauré; his music has been presented in French chamber music concerts alongside theirs.
Maddison then lived in Berlin, but returned to England as World War I loomed. After the end of World War I, Maddison remained in England (where she was contemporary with Elgar and Vaughan Williams) and composed an opera, a ballet score (drawing inspiration from Welsh mythology), as well as set to music of verses by Irish and Chinese poets. At 7:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane. (The concert repeats Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at the Music Building in Sacramento State).
June 11: Conductor Christian Baldini will conduct two works for chamber orchestra – an arrangement of the famous Adagietto movement from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and the Petite Symphonie Concertante by Swiss composer Frank Martin (for piano, harpsichord, harp and strings).
Also on the program, two short pieces composed by Lili Boulanger (the younger sister of the famous Parisian teacher Nadia Boulanger, whose composition students included many people who became prominent figures in 20th century music; as well as the very popular “Kaiser” String Quartet by FJ Haydn At 7:30 pm at Brunelle Hall, Davis High School at 315 W. 14th St. The concert repeats Sunday June 12 at 4 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento.
This will be the 34th season of the Chamber Music Society; longtime musical director William Barbini has been a resident of Davis for decades. A variety of series subscription options are available, as well as tickets to individual concerts. The usual COVID-19 precautions now common to many concerts and theatrical performances (proof of vaccination, mandatory masks, etc.) apply.
For more information, visit cmssacto.org.