First Mondays at Jordan Hall: Brahms

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Here’s a secret of great artistry: no one does it alone.

This season, First Mondays explore connections and friendships between composers and musicians who inspired each other.

Join us as we celebrate 35 years of First Mondays: well-loved classics and new compositions, performed by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, free and open to all.

Notes on the program from Artistic Director Laurence Lesser

This fall’s three concerts are a series built on the deep friendship among five great musicians: Clara and Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Joseph Joachim, and Johannes Brahms. To varying degrees all were composers and performers.

December 2: Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms, the youngest of the five friends, was proclaimed by Schumann in an article titled “New Paths” as the composer who would lead the way into the future of music. Even before, Brahms and violinist/composer Joseph Joachim had “found one another” and their lifelong friendship was in important stimulus for each. Brahms’ piano quintet actually began as a no-piano two--cello quintet, but Clara Schumann said it needed the strength of a piano. After transcribing it for piano 4-hands, Brahms found the perfect solution—strings and piano as we know it today.

Artists
  1. Brahms, Dietrich, Schumann: F-A-E Sonata

    Artists
  2. Brahms: Three Songs, op. 42

    Catherine Psarakis*, soprano
    Wei En Chan*, countertenor
    Burcu Gulec*, mezzo-soprano
    Sullivan Hart*, tenor
    Tyler Bouque, baritone
    Elijah Botkin, bass

    Ensembles
    • Carduus
    Artists
    • Holly Druckman*, Director
  3. Strauss/Schoenberg: Emperor Waltz, op. 437

    Artists
  4. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34

    Artists
  5. * denotes NEC alumni

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Date
Location
NEC: Jordan Hall

Here’s a secret of great artistry: no one does it alone.

This season, First Mondays explore connections and friendships between composers and musicians who inspired each other.

Join us as we...

The outline of a violin, against a purple and rose background with a constellation pattern.
Date
Location
NEC: Jordan Hall

Here’s a secret of great artistry: no one does it alone.

This season, First Mondays explore connections and friendships between composers and musicians who inspired each other.

Join us as we...

The outline of a violin, against a purple and rose background with a constellation pattern.
Date
Location
NEC: Jordan Hall

Here’s a secret of great artistry: no one does it alone.

This season, First Mondays explore connections and friendships between composers and musicians who inspired each other.

Join us as we...

The outline of a violin, against a purple and rose background with a constellation pattern.
Date
Location
NEC: Jordan Hall

Here’s a secret of great artistry: no one does it alone.

This season, First Mondays explore connections and friendships between composers and musicians who inspired each other.

Join us as we...

The outline of a violin, against a purple and rose background with a constellation pattern.
Date
Location
NEC: Jordan Hall

Here’s a secret of great artistry: no one does it alone.

This season, First Mondays explore connections and friendships between composers and musicians who inspired each other.

Join us as we...