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Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra: Zwilich & Trout

Posted 9/21/21

MONTICELLO - The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) quintet will perform in October in Hurleyville and Monticello. The program includes a Piano Quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Piano Quintet …

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Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra: Zwilich & Trout

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MONTICELLO - The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) quintet will perform in October in Hurleyville and Monticello. The program includes a Piano Quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Die Forelle” (The Trout Quintet) by Franz Schubert with original variation, “Trout Remix” by Gity Razaz. The SCCO artists include: Akiko Hosoi, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Luke Krafka, cello; Andrew Trombley, double bass and Or Matias, piano. The performances are part of the SCCO Chamber Music Series.

The dates are Saturday, October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, Hurleyville, and Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Monticello. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students at both venues.

Tickets for Saturday’s performance in Hurleyville may be purchased at: hurleyvilleartscentre.org. Please call (845) 985-4722 with any inquiries. Tickets for Sunday’s performance at St. John’s Episcopal Church may be purchased by visiting: nesinculturalarts.eventbrite.com or by calling (845) 798-9006. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged, however tickets will be available at the door until capacity is met.

For more information, visit www.nesinculturalarts.org or email: marina@nesinculturalarts.org. Seating capacity will remain limited and safety protocols will be followed as per CDC guidelines at both venues. Masks will be required for all upcoming SCCO and NCA events.

SCCO is a Nesin Cultural Arts supported project. This program is made possible in part by funds from M&T Bank Charitable Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathleen Courtney Hochul and the NY State Legislature.

When Schubert composed the “Trout Quintet” in 1819, a piano quintet with violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano was experimental and hardly standard for composers. Hummel, Schubert’s predecessor, experimented with this format and Schubert’s quintet made this instrumentation a standard for the future. This newly formed quintet is, in many ways, the complete ensemble. With a complete set of strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass) and a piano, an ensemble can create a tonal picture using all the sounds and colors available to them in this instrument collective.

Inspired by a lieder (or song) of the same name, The Trout Quintet is a very sunny piece and depicts a larger version of the story used for the lieder. SCCO has added an extra element and will be performing a unique variation “Trout Remix” composed by Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz which will be inserted into Schubert’s Theme and Variation movement. Pay close attention in this movement to the bass player who transitions from an upright bass to an electric bass and back for the rest of the piece! The first half of the program will be a quintet composed by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for composition. Her quintet bears little resemblance to Schubert’s Quintet and the instrumentation and a brief quote in her second movement are really the only similarities between the two pieces. The double bass part is significantly more virtuosic compared to the Schubert with her goal to create a piece of chamber music to be performed among “equal partners.”

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