Feb. 9, ’14: British, Russian, and Viennese Viola Music from 1926

Brian Linnell’s interview with Michael Lyon on KIOS:

(OMAHA, Nebraska — February 3, 2014) The years 1900 to 1945 — the Postromantic and early Modernist era — gave us the the richest and most varied spectrum of style and expression in classical music’s long history. Music from this period will be performed at the “British, Russian, and Viennese Viola Music from 1926” recital presented by the Vesper Concerts series in cooperation with The Linnell Foundation for Music History, 3 p.m. Sunday Febraury 9th, at Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Omaha.

Omaha Symphony principal violist Thomas Kluge and principal keyboardist Christi Zuniga will perform Six Studies on English Folk Song by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Viola Sonata no. 1 by Nikolai Roslavets. Omaha Symphony concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore will join them for the final piece on the program: the Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor by Robert Fuchs. All three works were composed in 1926.

These pieces represent three distinct trends in the classical music of the 1920’s: interest in the world’s folk traditions, avant-garde Modernist experimentation, and the continuation of the Romantic ethos of the previous century.

Kluge chose the program in consultation with The Linnell Foundation’s A Year in Classical Music project. A Year in Classical Music is an innovative approach to the repertoire that studies composers’ work one year of music history at a time. Explore the A Year in Classical Music website and podcasts at ayicm.com.

There is no admission charge for Vesper Concerts performances; donations to the organization will be accepted at the door, at 1517 S. 114 St., or through the Vesper Concerts website, vesperconcerts.org.

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