2017-2018 Season Vision: Mentors Inspire! Concert Series
No matter who you are or where you’re from, each one of us owes at least a part of our successes to someone we esteem whose life we have tried to emulate. Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was an accomplished, highly respected composer whose life and works had an important influence on a myriad of other Classical era composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Join us for a series of three concerts as La Speranza celebrates the impact of mentors on our lives and wellbeing as we feature the works of Haydn and those he influenced.
The first concert, to be given in October 2017, focuses on Haydn’s early career with a performance of his String Quartet in E flat major, op. 9 no. 2 (1769). Also on the program are works by C. P. E. Bach (1714-1788) and Johann Stamitz (1717-1757), two composers whose styles greatly influenced the young Haydn’s compositions.
Thursday October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm
Johann Stamitz (1717-1757): String Quartet in B flat Major, WolS I. Blb-5
C. P. E. Bach (1714-1788): Trio Sonata in F Major, H. 576
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 9 no. 2
Joanna Becker and Nadia Witherspoon, violins
Yvonne Smith, viola
Fran Koiner, cello
Midtown Arts and Theater Center, Houston (MATCH)
3400 Main St
The second concert, to be given in early March 2018, features Haydn’s String Quartet op. 33 no. 1 in b minor (1782) along with Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat Major for string trio, K. 563 (1788). Both composers highly esteemed one another as friends and colleagues, and Haydn often gave advice to Mozart and his family, especially before the latter composer’s premature death in 1791.
In early May 2018, the third and final concert of the series will feature Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 no. 4 and Beethoven’s Septet op. 20 for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Both works were written in 1799, the year Beethoven experienced his first significant success in Vienna, which was due in part to Haydn’s patient mentoring of the opinionated young Beethoven throughout the 1790’s.
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