St. Philip's chamber concert has something for many tastes

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z St. Philip's chamber concert has something for many tastesCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

St. Philip's Friends of Music is playing a little musical chairs on Sunday.

Seven musicians playing a combined eight instruments will perform in various formations - trios, quartets and sextets - in an exciting exploration of 20th-century chamber music.

"Just looking at the instruments - we have a singer, a flute, an oboe and a cello - the instrumentation itself is going to be very interesting," said Woosug Kang, music director at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, where the concert will be held.

The lineup is flutist Sandy Schwoebel, Yvonne Creanga on viola and violin, oboist Sara Fraker, clarinetist John Snavely, cellist Theodore Buchholz, soprano Elena Todd and pianist Marie Sierra.

Kang described Sunday's "20th Century Chamber Music Mania" as somewhat of a smorgasbord - "You get many different tastes of things," he said.

"There will be a lot of music that people haven't heard," he said, not the least of which is the Tucson debut of Croatian-born composer Luigi Dallapiccola's Divertimento in Quattro Esercisi for soprano, flute, oboe, viola and cello. The four-movement work tells an age-old story of young love interrupted by a disagreeing parent.

Sunday's program includes Madeleine Dring's Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano, whose second-movement oboe melody is "as fine as any Brahms song," organizers said in a press release. Malcolm Arnold's six-movement Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet moves quickly "with charm and delight one moment and lilting sadness the next," the program notes say.

Another piece outlines a trio of humorous love stories drawn from old English poetry by comic opera composer Seymour Barab and told by piano, violin, cello and voice. Also on the program: Alfred Uhl's "Kleines Konzert" for clarinet, viola and piano.

The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is a suggested $15 donation to St. Philip's Friends of Music to continue the group's musical community outreach.

For information, visit www.stphilipstucson.org or call 299-6421.

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