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July 25 7:30pm (CST): Iowa, this is Houston, do you copy? (Part 2)

Louise Farrenc: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E Major, Op. 31 (1840)

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Piano Quintet (2011)

Two piano quintets in the manner of Schubert’s Trout (violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano) are featured on our final concert of the 2020 season. Audiences from the 2019 season may remember our performance of Farrenc’s First Piano Quintet Op. 30 (composed during the same year) and the influences of Schubert and Mendelssohn on Farrenc’s musical style. One-hundred and seventy years later, the Piano Quintet of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich present a very different way of using this same combination of instruments. The first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music, this blues-tinged work goes so far as to not only utilize the same Schubertian instrumentation but also references Schubert with a movement titled “The moody Trout”. 

The van Haydn Ensemble

Ingrid Hunter, violin Max Geissler, cello

Emily Madonia, violin Hunter Capoccioni, double bass

Yvonne Smith, viola Brian Suits, piano