Laura Griffiths, oboe; Stephanie Bibbo, violin; Caroline Lee, viola; Krisanthy Desby, cello
Alexis Alrich Lyra and Aulos (World Premiere)
Vincent Russo Visions and Visitations (San Francisco Premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento No. 1
Strobe was born in a carpool, conceived by a love for the oboe. During commutes from San Francisco to Berkeley to play Swan Lake, Laura and Kris began talking about oboes—Laura plays it and Kris loves it because the oboe was her father’s instrument. They discussed favorite oboe repertoire and chamber music, along with concert ideas. Stephanie and Caroline signed on, and Strobe was created.
The chamber repertoire for oboe and strings is tiny. Only two pieces have made it into the major repertoire stream: Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, written in 1781, and 151 years later, Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, written in 1932. We are long overdue for music written specifically for oboe and strings. Our mission is to increase the repertoire for this combination.
This performance will feature the World Premiere of Alexis Alrich’s Lyra and Aulos. Named after two instruments frequently depicted in ancient Greek art and literature, often with women playing them, the world draws on the Classical Greek period as an inspiration to create new music for the 21st century. Also featured is the San Francisco Premiere of Vincent Russo’s Visions and Visitations, a work based on the experiences of four historical figures: Joan of Arc, Ludwig Meidner, Abraham Lincoln, and Jacob Boehme, inspired in part by a vision the composer had as a child.