Anna Hersey joins us for songs by Lee Hoiby: Lady of the Harbor, Where the Music Comes, and Sonnets and Soliloquies by William Shakespeare. Hoiby (1926-2011) was an American composer and classical pianist. Best known as a composer of operas and songs, he was a disciple of composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Our violinist, Luis Fernandez, will arrange several of the songs for his wife, Anna, and the string quartet.
Samuel Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11 (1936) will follow. The slow movement from the quartet has become one of the world’s most played pieces, arranged for string orchestra and known as “Adagio for Strings,” is a masterpiece of modern classical music. Music critic Donal Henahan stated of Barber (1910-1981) that "probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim." We will close with Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, the "American." Dvorak composed the quartet in 1893 when he was visiting the Czech immigrant community of Spillville, Iowa.
Anna Hersey, soprano
Luis Fernandez, violin
Tony Seepersad, violin
Rafael Ramirez, viola
Michael Andrews, cello
Tickets at the door: $25 general and $15 students and seniors