GSO MUSICIANS PRESENT THE FIRST SPOTLIGHT CONCERT OF THE 2016-2017 SEASON

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra Musicians Present “Trinkets, Jewels, and Rarities” in the First Installment of the 2016-2017 Spotlight Concert Series

September 1, 2016

Musicians from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra will perform in the first installment of the 2016-2017 Spotlight Series at Centre State Theatre in downtown Greenville.  Sponsored by Nachman Norwood & Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy, “Trinkets, Jewels, and Rarities” will perform two concerts on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  The Spotlight Series, now in its eleventh season, offers three casual concerts lasting approximately one hour without intermission.  The concert will “spotlight” GSO musicians performing chamber music in an intimate theater setting.

The concert will open with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio for Flute, Oboe and Bassoon, Op. 87.  Beethoven’s Trio was originally intended for the growing number of amateur musicians in Vienna to perform, and while not particularly difficult, it is melodic and agreeable and demands idiomatic playing and a good sense of ensemble from all three players.  It is in the four-movement classical form that Beethoven was attempting to master in his early years in Vienna, yet it preserves the pleasing character of the serenade music Mozart and others wrote for lighter occasions over the final decades of the eighteenth century.

Next on the program is Steven Winteregg’s Divertimento for Flute, Horn, and Double Bass.  Winteregg is an award-winning composer and has had many of his compositions performed around the world.  This particular Divertimento (from the Italian “divertire,” meaning, “to amuse”) explores various sounds and relationships between three seemingly disparate instruments by utilizing alternative playing techniques such as singing while playing on the horn, clicking the tongue on the flute, and striking the double bass to create the percussive sound.  A different mood prevails in each of the five movements (March, Invocation, Scherzo, Meditation, Crotchets) and each movement is based on pairs of notes a half-step apart.

The concert concludes with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in A-major, K. 581.  Written in 1789 for the clarinetist Anton Stadler, this clarinet quintet is a work for one clarinet and a string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello).  Although originally written for basset clarinet, it is almost always played on a clarinet in A or B-flat.  It was Mozart’s only completed clarinet quintet, and is one of the earliest and best-known works written especially for the instrument.  The quintet is sometimes referred to as the Stadler Quintet and it remains to this day one of the most admired of Mozart’s works.

Tickets  to “Trinkets, Jewels, and Rarities” are $15 each and are available by calling the Centre Stage Box Office at (864) 233-6733 or online at centrestage.org.

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The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Greenville and surrounding communities through the presentation of live orchestral music.  Offering excellence in live musical performance, the orchestra enriches lives, educates minds, and encourages community support of the arts.

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