Mount Vernon Music will host “Out of the Ordinary,” a concert of music by Ludwig van Beethoven and others, on Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Performing will be the Founders Quartet – Steven Harlos, piano; Mark Miller, violin; Ute Miller, viola and Carol Harlos, cello.
“We decided to call this concert ‘Out of the Ordinary’ for a couple of reasons,” said MVM founder Mark Miller. “One, we’re playing around with the instrumentation of the piano quartet, mixing and matching with a recital piece, a trio and a quartet. Also, two of the pieces are music not easily found on typical programs.”
The group will open with the Beethoven trio for violin, viola and cello, a form many composers tend to avoid because it can be difficult to make it work without a second violin in the mix, Miller said.
“But Beethoven wrote for this combination before moving on to quartets, and this piece is brilliant and joyful,”
After Beethoven, the group will perform “Sonata Rubata” for viola and piano, written by Steve Harlos, who wrote the viola part originally for flute.
“It’s a powerful and cohesive piece, in a user-friendly kind of way even on the first listening,” Miller said. “That could be said of the other two pieces we’ll present, too.”
Harlos says, “My ‘Sonata Rubata’ was originally composed for flute, but somehow I got the idea to transcribe it for viola, and in some ways I prefer this version. Ute Miller is doing a fantastic job with it.”
Miller explained, “The last thing we’ll play is the most gorgeous piece by Englishman Herbert Howells, who produced a lot of Anglican church music. The quartet can be seen as a kind of musical portrait of the English countryside — in places melancholy, but also breathtakingly, soaringly beautiful.”
“The Howells piano quartet in A minor is one of the most extremely emotional pieces I have ever played. It is a great ride,” said Harlos.
Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members. Students are admitted free.
Other concerts planned for the 2010 season include: Chamber Music, Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; The Best Jazz, Blues and Love Songs, Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m.; Benefit Concert – Tesoro Trio, Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m. and Young Artists Showcase, Sunday, May 23, at 3 p.m.
Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas.
Mount Vernon Music is located at 402 Leftwich St. For more information, call their office at 903-563-3780.
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