• March 25, 2024

Concert 6

Concert 6

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Concert 6: Natalie’s Favorites will be held Sunday, August 4 at 4:00 PM in Edwards Hall at the University of Rhode Island.

The Dover Quartet, from left to right: Joel Link, Julianne Lee, Camden Shaw, and Bryan Lee. Photo by Roy Cox.

“I can’t wait to share my all-time favorites with our audience at the finale concert this summer,” says Artistic Director Natalie Zhu. She will be joined by the Dover Quartet and cellist Clancy Newman for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s E-Flat Piano Quartet, Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, and Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major.

Mozart’s quartet is considered a pioneer work. At the time it was composed in 1786, the piano was still in its infancy and its literature consisted mainly of concertos and salon pieces. With the minor exception of Johann Schobert, a Silesian composer who died in 1767, no one else had placed the piano in a chamber music setting with a piano part of concerto difficulty balanced by three equally prominent string instruments. 

Mendelssohn’s piano trio is one of the composer’s most popular chamber works – for musicians and audiences alike – and is widely recognized as one of his greatest works. When he published it in 1839, fellow German composer and pianist Robert Schumann immediately proclaimed it “the master trio of the age.”

Composed in 1828 during the final weeks of Schubert’s life, his String Quintet in C Major was the composer’s last instrumental work and ranks among his greatest accomplishments. The piece is notable for its use of a second cello (rather than a second viola). Music critic Ted Libbey notes that Schubert “revolutionized the art of writing for strings. He created sounds that no one had ever created before in a small string ensemble, constantly varying the texture as he did it. There are vast changes of light and color in the piece, as well as great harmonic variation.”

“Choosing to listen to beautiful music like these pieces can bring a myriad of benefits, from emotional connection and aesthetic enjoyment to relaxation, inspiration, and cultural enrichment,” Zhu says. “These masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire offer a rich and rewarding listening experience that can enhance your life in many meaningful ways.”

Clancy Newman. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

“I’m especially captivated by the enchanting music on this program —  all three composers’ gifts for writing memorable and expressive melodies shine through in their works,” Zhu adds. “Each piece is filled with beautiful melodies that are passed between the instruments, creating a sense of unity and cohesion in the music, drawing the listener in with its emotional depth. This program reminds me that the beauty in life is all around us, waiting to be discovered and appreciated.”

“This program reminds me that the beauty in life is all around us, waiting to be discovered and appreciated.”

Photo of Natalie Zhu by Joie Elie Photography