Ives Collective – January 29, 2017

Ives Collective

It’s all Beethoven!

Kay Stern, violin; Susan Freier, violin & viola; Stephen Harrison, cello; Susan Vollmer, horn; Julie Gregorian, bassoon; Carlos Ortega, clarinet; Arnold Gregorian, double bass; Lori Lack, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3; Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 16; Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20

When was the last time you heard the Beethoven Septet?! In Beethoven’s own time he complained that the piece was too popular! His love/hate relationship with aristocratic patrons and the need to make his living as a composer plagued him throughout his life. Beethoven had come to Vienna to “receive the spirit of Mozart from the hands of Haydn”, and the works on this Ives Collective program quickly established his genius. The Ives Collective presents powerful live music experiences through fresh and informed interpretations of established masterworks and underappreciated gems. With core members and Artistic Co-Directors Susan Freier and Stephen Harrison, the Collective wants to share their joy in bringing together old friends and new in a variety of combinations to perform the widest possible spectrum of chamber music.

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