ANI KAVAFIAN, Violin
IDA KAVAFIAN, Violin
PAUL NEUBAUER, Viola
STEVEN TENENBOM, Viola
DAVID FINCKEL, Cello
Mozart: Quintet in G minor for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, K. 516 (1787)
Dvořák: Quintet in E-flat major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 97, “American” (1893)
The viola quintet (a string quartet with an added viola) was virtually invented by Mozart, who composed six of them, and this program opens with one of his greatest, the dark-hued K. 516. Picking up on Mozart’s ingenious model were composers from Mendelssohn to Brahms and Dvořák, and our concert closes with Dvořák’s radiant “American” quintet, composed in the sunny fields of Iowa. There the composer vacationed not only among his Czech compatriots in the village of Spillville, but also absorbed the music of traveling Native American performers, incorporating elements of their music into his own works.
“CMS at the Meadows” will take place rain or shine at Pitney Meadows Community Farm, under the High Tunnel greenhouse, a large outdoor event space. Performances will all be 90 minutes long with no intermission.
Subscriptions to all six programs, at either 3 p.m. or 7 p.m., will be available to purchase at SPAC.org on December 10 for SPAC members. Member presales are tiered by level, and members will receive their presale start time via email. Subscriptions will be available to the general public beginning December 17. Subscription packages will be $300-$360 depending on seating location. Single performance tickets will be available to purchase in early March, and will be $55-$65 each.