John Heiss conducts two classics of the 20th century and two newer works.

One of the touchstones of the 20th century was Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire ("Moonstruck Pierrot"). It was scored for a chamber ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (with doublings on viola, piccolo, bass clarinet) that became the core grouping for many subsequent works. It also made use of a narrator who declaimed the text in Sprechstimme or "speech song," an innovation of Schoenberg's.  Three groups of seven poems by the Belgian writer Albert Giraud are set in an atonal, but not serial style.  In the first group, Pierrot sings of love, sex and religion; in the second, of violence, crime, and blasphemy; and in the third of his return home to Bergamo. The program also includes:

Albert Oppenheimer Attention Deficit
Christina Hughes, flute; Jay Hutchinson, clarinet; Michael Dahlberg, cello; Samantha Angstman, piano

Malcolm Peyton Suite for Solo Viola
Emily Deans, viola

Charles Ives Violin Sonata No. 5 ("New England Holidays")
Diamanda Dramm, violin; Aaron Likness, piano

Arnold Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire
Laura McLean, Sprechstimme; Tessa Lark, violin and viola; Stephen Kim, flute and piccolo; Emileigh Vandiver, cello; John Diodati, clarinet and bass clarinet; Bretton Brown, piano

Date: April 12, 2011 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall


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