2012-06-21 / Lifestyles

Chamber music series to begin

MANISTIQUE – The Community Concert Committee’s summer chamber music series begins June 24 at 7:30 p.m., at the Church of the Redeemer Presbyterian, 314 South Main Street, Manistique. This is the first program of three concerts this summer and is entitled “A Tour of Eastern Europe.”

Music Director and violinist Paul Lundin is joined by Eastern Michigan University faculty members: pianist Garik Pedersen, and cellist Diane Winder in a program featuring music from Bohemia, the Czech Republic and Russia.

First on the program is “Five Short Pieces” by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Martinu lived from 1890-1954 and was a very prolific composer. This piece was composed in Paris in 1930 and is characteristic of the neo-classicism that became the hallmark of his style.

Next – the one movement Trio in C minor, opus 8 of Dmitri Shostakovich. This composer is mostly known for his 15 Symphonies, his 15 String Quartets and his struggles with the restrictions of the communist government of the USSR on his artistic freedom.

The second half of the program features the first piano trio of beloved Bohemian composer Anton Dvorak – the Trio in B flat, opus 21. Folk elements of Dvorak’s homeland are very prevalent in this four movement work.

The concert will include an art show featuring contemporary paintings of Harvey Bradshaw, from the collection of Steve Haarman and Vicki Hill, during intermission. A reception with light refreshments follows the concert. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door prior to the performance. Those under 18 will be admitted free.

The two other concerts planned this summer are scheduled for July 22 and August 19.

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