A new matinee series featuring the glorious gamut of the world’s chamber music, vocal and instrumental; from the earliest Renaissance and Baroque, through Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel, to the 21st C, and brand-new music written just last week. Soprano Maria Jette hosts a different combination of performers and repertoire each Saturday afternoon in the Dunsmore Room: a “listening room” featuring a fine 9’ Steinway piano and cabaret seating.
About Maria Jette: Maria Jette's orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, Marin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica; plus Berkshires Opera, Roanoke Opera, Sacramento Opera, and Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in her home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
February 4th - The Big Bang: Brahms Liebeslieder, Op. 52
Maria Jette, soprano
Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano
Dan Dressen, tenor
Michael Jorgensen, bass baritone.
Mary Jo Gothmann, piano
Tadeusz Majewski, piano
February 18th - J.S. Bach & Romance
Virtuosic music of, and inspired by, J.S. Bach. Liszts transcription for piano of Bachs Prelude and Fugue in A minor, and Busonis fascinating take on the Toccata and Fugue in D minor; with selections from Bachs monumental Goldberg Variations.
Ling-Ju Lai, piano
February 18th - Old-Time Piano: Ragtime & more
Ethan Uslan, piano (3-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest)
Each program will feature about an hour’s worth of music, plus a bit of conversation about the music and the times and composers who produced it, with the performers who love it so much that they want their audience to love it, too.
A boon to music-lovers who avoid night-time driving: programs begin at 3:00pm, and conclude at 4:30pm.