10th Anniversary Season

Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook, NY

Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook, NY

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Saturday, October 12, at 4:00pm

Van Buren Hall
6 Chatham Street (US Rte 9), Kinderhook, NY 12106

A Brilliant Journey – Classical to Romantic

MOZART, BEETHOVEN AND HUMMEL

At 4:00pm on Saturday, October 12th in Van Buren Hall, Kinderhook, Concerts in the Village (CITV) will continue its 10th Anniversary Season, presenting its 39th performance: “A Brilliant Journey – Classical to Romantic.” CITV’s resident Broad Street Chamber Players will offer works of Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel, for string trio, oboe and clarinet.

Those performing are all members of CITV’s Broad Street Orchestra and experienced chamber players: Elizabeth Silver violin, Ronald Carbone viola, Erica Pickhardt cello, Karen Hosmer oboe, and Paul Green clarinet.

The earliest work on the program will be Mozart’s quartet, K. 285. Completed about 1777 and originally for flute and in D major, this very spirited work has for this concert been transcribed for oboe and transposed to C major. Says CITV Artistic Director David Smith, “To perform this quartet in transcription and transposed is not as outrageous as it might at first seem. In the 18th century oboists often doubled as flutists or as recorder players. As precedent there is an important reverse example: Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major of 1777 was a year later reworked as his Flute Concerto in D Major! For the listener’s enjoyment we have created a musically ideal and historically appropriate adaptation for the outstanding oboist Karen Hosmer.”

Twenty years later Beethoven composed his three trios for strings, op. 9, the third of which will be performed on October 12th. Although Beethoven’s string trios were written before any of his quartets (also before his symphonies), in quality and interest they are the equal of the composer’s more famous quartets. The string trios were essential to Beethoven’s development as a composer. As the composer’s only string trio in a minor key, op. 9/3 is specifically notable for its tonal richness and its boldly unpredictable gestures. Although in form all of Beethoven’s trios look back to Mozart, at the same time their style suggests what is to follow as the Romantic Period unfolds.

That “romantic” future was more fully expressed in the remarkable, but less well-known works of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, including his very expressive Clarinet Quartet of 1808. David Smith observes that “Hummel’s talents were well established early on and widely recognized. By the age of eight he was known to be Mozart’s favorite pupil, even living with the Mozart family for two years. Also a pupil of Clementi, Hummel was a famously brilliant pianist and conductor, who was invited to improvise at Beethoven’s memorial concert. Schubert honored Hummel with the dedication of his final three piano sonatas. Hummel’s remarkable music, certainly including his clarinet quartet, made possible the full blossoming of Romanticism in the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms. (As a curious local note, Hummel’s older son Eduard, also a musician, spent his final years in Troy, New York.)

David Smith assures CITV listeners that “On October 12th, in a mere 90 minutes we will enjoy outstanding performances of three very appealing works from one of music’s most important transitional periods, with Mozart looking forward, Beethoven backward and forward, and Hummel providing an ingenious summation of both. Finer works are hard to imagine!”

4:00pm, Saturday, October 12th, Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street (US Route 9), Kinderhook. Reception follows. Contribution $20. Students and children free. Lift available to second floor.

CITV concerts are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generous funding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, and The Price Chopper Golub Foundation, as well as from many individual and business supporters. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.

Some Photos

David Smith at piano with chorus rehearsing
David Smith at piano with chorus rehearsing

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“A stunning all Handel concert at the Kinderhook Reformed Church on November 9 was one of the finest musical events of its kind in many seasons.  Maestro Smith has brought his musical forces to heights of musical grandeur.  .  .  .  This third Handel concert of the series reached heights of sustained musical beauty….In a short time ‘Concerts in the Village’ has taken on a major musical role in the Upper Hudson Valley.” -John Paul Keeler, On the Scene, Columbia-Green Media, Nov 15, 2014

CITV concerts are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generous funding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, and The Price Chopper Golub Foundation, as well as from many individual and business supporters. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.

David Smith at his Steinway