• Magical Mozart opens Capital City Concerts
    October 03,2012

    By Jim Lowe
    Staff Writer

    When Capital City Concerts opens its season Saturday, the program will feature what Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart called his best work, his Quintet for Piano and Woodwinds, K. 452.

    “Everything is so beautifully realized,” explained Shelburne pianist Paul Orgel, who will be performing. “It’s so beautifully scored — a little like a concerto in that the piano plays versus the ensemble sometimes and there’s a cadenza at the end.”

    Capital City Concerts will open its season with “Colors of the Wind,” featuring music for woodwinds and piano by Mozart, Janacek, Poulenc and Fairouz, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Montpelier’s Unitarian Church.

    The 2012-2013 season also includes a chamber orchestra concert, a recital by one of the world’s top virtuoso violinists, a tribute to French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy, and a world premiere for flute and string quartet.

    “This is our 13th season and it is the first time we have included a wind quintet,” Karen Kevra, the series’ founder and artistic director, said of the opening concert.

    “So it is a really special occasion. The variety of color and texture is amazing! This will be one of the most sonically fascinating concerts we will put on.”

    Saturday’s program, in addition to the Mozart, includes Francis Poulenc’s Sextet for woodwind quintet and piano.

    “I think it’s a masterpiece as well,” Orgel said. “It’s a relatively early piece, from 1932. Perhaps it sums up Paris in the ‘20s as it moved into a much harder time. It just has that crazy, funny cabaret energy to it almost all the time.

    “It’s also perfectly scored. It’s a real classic, maybe the best of his chamber works,” Orgel said.

    Also on the program are Leos Janacek’s “Mladi (Youth),” and “Venetian Frescoes” for flute and piano by Arab-American Mohammed Fairouz.

    In response to last season’s sold-out “Massively Mozart,” “Perchance to Dream” (Nov. 17) will feature Lou Kosma conducting a chamber orchestra in Debussy’s Prelude to the “Afternoon of a Faun” (with Kevra), among other works. Rachel Barton Pine (Feb. 9) will perform violin virtuoso works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Strauss and Fairouz.

    Performing in the all-Debussy program (March 17) are Orgel, Kevra, violinist Arturo Delmoni, cellist John Dunlop and harpist Rebecca Kaufmann.

    The season will conclude with the world premiere of a quintet for flute and strings, “Tayta’s Dream,” by Fairouz and performed by the Borromeo String Quartet and Kevra (April 27).

    Capital City Concerts
    - Saturday, Oct. 6: “Colors of the Wind” — woodwinds and piano, 7:30 p.m
    - Saturday, Nov. 17: “Perchance to Dream” — chamber orchestra, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 7:30p.m.
    - Saturday, Feb. 9: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine ,7:30 p.m.
    - Sunday, March 17: “Debussy 1.5” — 150th anniversary, 3:30 p.m.
    - Saturday, April 27: Borromeo String Quartet with flutist Karen Kevra, 7:30 p.m.
    All performances, except where indicated, are at the Unitarian Church, 130 Main St. in Montpelier. Individual tickets are $10-25; for tickets or information, go online to www.capitalcityconcerts.org.

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