The Bridge Music Collective
Jessica Folson, violin
Sarah Hooton, viola
Carlos Valdez, double bass
T. Colton Potter, oboe
Caleb Rose, clarinet
Rebecca Clarke Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale
Randall Thompson Suite for Oboe, Clarinet, and Viola
David DeBoor Canfield Maesta
Sergei Prokofiev Quintet, Op. 39
Prokofiev: Explored is a closer look at the relationships found in this unique instrumentation. The combination of violin, viola, double bass, oboe, and clarinet allows for a huge range of textures, colors, and sound worlds. The string and wind sections can play together as a homogenous group, or they can be mismatched to play with color combinations and conversations. This concert spotlights a variety of small chamber works that explore interesting combinations of these instruments. From the interplay found in Rebecca Clarke’s duo for clarinet and viola to the pastoralist in Randall Thompson’s Suite, you will hear from us how these instruments converse. Please join us for this interactive experience where we explore the relationships between these instruments and each other. What is it about the oboe’s tone that allows it to soar over the rest of the ensemble? How can we rely on the bass as an anchor for the string section during the most difficult sections? How can the clarinet and violin play off each other with competing and dancing conversations? We hope the listeners enjoy exploring these sound worlds as much as we do.
The Bridge Music Collective is a group of musicians traversing repertoire with unique instrumentation and relationship to the performance space. While some of the musicians met in their undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory, they started their journey as a collective with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Woodwind Chamber Class, where they studied Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet Op. 39. The instrumentation of this group sparked their curiosity for different sound spaces and combinations, and they decided it was worth exploring more together. The Collective prioritizes experimentation, curiosity, musicality, and relationships.