To celebrate the Promise of Spring and Renewal, the next Saratoga Chamber Players concert on March 31 will offer an exciting program of works by Haydn, Chopin, Schoenberg and Brahms. The concert will be at 3PM at the United Methodist Church, 5th Avenue and Henning Road, Saratoga Springs. For this performance Artistic Director and violinist Jill Levy brings four other award winning musicians including the clarinetist, Romie de Guise-Langlois who wowed Saratoga audiences three years ago at the Skidmore residency of ACJW (Academy of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard and Weill Institute). Levy and De Guise-Langlois are joined by pianist Peggy Kampmeier, flutist Susie Rotholz and Eric Bartlett, cellist with the New York Philharmonic.
After the Haydn Piano Trio in C# major, Hob. XV:16 with its playful teasing, the selections all offer musical reflections of survival and renewal. Chopin’s Nocturne, No. 20 in C # minor will showcase the talents of Margaret Kampmeier whose February appearance with SCP was highly praised by a local critic. The Nocturne provided salvation from extermination for Holocaust survivor Natalia Karp. Her dazzling rendition played for the Nazi camp commandant, Amon Goeth, was so impressive that he spared her life. More recently this Nocturne was featured in the opening and closing scenes of Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” which recounts the life of the talented Polish musician, Władysław Szpilman, who escaped capture and internment during World War II.
Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie no. 1 in E major, op.9 is a well known example of quartal harmony. It was composed for chamber orchestra in reaction to the romantic monumentalism of Brahms, Mahler and Wagner. The piece stands as a harbinger of the renewal of music and greatly influenced composers of the 20th century. His pupil, Anton Webern, arranged the version for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano to be heard at this concert.
The final offering on the program is Brahms’ Trio in A minor, op.114 for clarinet, piano and cello. Brahms had ceased composing but was inspired to take up pen again and write this luscious piece after hearing Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinetist of the Ducal orchestra in Meiningen.
Complete bios for the musicians are on the website www.saratogachamberplayers.org. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students and free to children accompanied by an adult. To order tickets, call 518-584-1427.