Omaha Chamber Music Society Kicks Off Their ‘Summer Concert Series’
June 4th, 2015
Omaha, NE — Music both relentless and divine for piano and strings.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/ocms-2015-scs-part-1-web.mp3]
The Omaha Chamber Music Society’s annual “Summer Concert Series” opens this weekend with a concert featuring the “Piano Quintet in E-flat” by Robert Schumann. Tyler Sieh, who plays viola on this concert, points out that a part of the quintet’s appeal is its strong forward momentum:
“You don’t really hit a movement or a section of a movement where you feel yourself losing interest…for 25, 30 minutes this thing really doesn’t stop moving,” Sieh said.
The other work on this program is Beethoven’s final string quartet. Sieh says that while this music is perhaps the least complex of Beethoven’s late quartets, it is not without difficulties for the performers. For example, the scherzo movement is to be played so fast that it threatens to fall apart.
“The require you to be so light on your feet, there’s just no moment to rest, to feel the weight ever on the heels of your feet,” Sieh said. “You just always have to be on your toes, the momentum is constantly propelling you forward.”
The slow movement, on the other hand, is considered on par with Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.”
“Inspiration bordering on the divine probably,” Sieh said. “To look at our individual parts, it looks deceptively simple. It’s slow moving and it looks simple, but once you construct it – you actually put all four parts together – it’s heartstopping.”
The “Summer Concert Series” kicks off Sunday, June 7 with music from Schumann and Beethoven. The following Sunday, June 14, the Chamber Music Society presents a concert of brass music by composers like Eric Ewazen and Victor Ewald. Both performances begin at 3 pm at First Central Congregational Church in Omaha. For more information, you can visit omahachambermusic.org.
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