The Last Tempo in Paris
Music by Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Phillippe Gaubert, and Cécile Chaminade
Saturday, February 28, 8 pm
Sunday, March 1, 3 pm
Aude Castagna, artistic director and cello
Shannon Delaney, violin
Lars Johannesson, flute
Sheila Willey, soprano
Susan Bruckner and Michael McGushin, piano
Tired of lengthy developments, heart wrenching movements, and dramatic chord progressions? Come and listen to The Last Tempo in Paris, a concert of French musical impressionism, focusing on suggestions, atmosphere, and colors, rather than strong emotions, like a painting by Claude Monet.
You will hear some of the best music written in France at the turn of the 20th century, a time of rich creative outbursts and aesthetic evolution from the late romantic to modern styles. This program features the late masterpieces of two great French impressionist composers: the Violin and Cello Sonatas by Claude Debussy and Les Chansons Madécasses by Maurice Ravel. You will also discover the tuneful melodies and savory harmonies in the music of Hector Berlioz and in the lesser known, but none-the-less inspired, composers Philippe Gaubert and Cécile Chaminade. This program is sure to captivate and delight!
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