All Events

Aug
11
Fri
Handel Extravaganza: Water Music on a Summer’s Night @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

The 2017 Festival opens its evening concert series with a celebration of George Frederick Handel. Far beyond Messiah, Handel wrote a thousand fabulous scores, ranging from keyboard and chamber works to operas and orchestral suites.

Water Music, Suite in D and G
Coronation Anthem: Let thy hand be strengthened
“Angels, ever bright and fair,” from Theodora
“Va tacito,” from Giulio Cesare
Selections from Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

Aug
12
Sat
Journeys and Landscapes @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Music takes us to many times and many places. Join SMF on a journey through diverse landscapes, from discoveries of a new world to deeply-felt evocations of one’s own surroundings.

Rameau   Suite from Les Indes Galantes, for orchestra
Eggert   Croaton III, for string quartet and bass drum (US premiere)
Brahms   Alto Rhapsodie, for contralto and orchestra
Ravel   Une Barque sur l’Ocean, for piano
Monteverdi   Zefiro Torna, for two tenors, violin, and continuo
Saariaho   Three Japanese Gardens, for percussion and live electronics
Smetana   The Moldau, for orchestra

Aug
13
Sun
Commedia dell’Arte @ Blackfriars Playhouse
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRE-CONCERT TALK AT 6:15; DOORS OPEN FOR SEATING AT 6:45

The commedia dell’arte tradition extends back centuries, but the comic characters developed there continue to delight audiences today. This program features comedic masterpieces from Mozart to Milhaud. Plus Happenstance Theater will be on stage to present an original creation.

Mozart   Overture to La Nozze di Figaro
Wadsworth   The Doctor (world premiere)
Bach   “Coffee” Cantata
Happenstance Theater (original piece)
Kurtz   Last Contrabass in Las Vegas
Milhaud   Scaramouche, for clarinet and orchestra

Aug
14
Mon
Hollywood Songbook @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Southern California became an adoptive home to many of the world’s most acclaimed composers before and during the Second World War. Alongside Hollywood songwriters, these refugees sparked a new chapter in the creation of American music.

Copland   Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass and percussion
Eisler   Hollywood Elegies, for voice and piano
Stravinsky   Polka: For a Young Elephant
Chaplin   Music from City Lights (arr. by Wadsworth and with dramatization by Happenstance Theater)
Rachmaninoff   selection from Suite No. 2, for two pianos
Schoenberg   Ode to Napoleon, for reciter and piano quintet
Arlen   “If I Only had a Brain,” for voice and piano
Bernstein   Overture to Candide, for orchestra

Aug
15
Tue
Early Keyboard Extravaganza @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

A celebration of great keyboards from the past 300 years, with performances on multiple harpsichords, fortepianos, and organs. Program includes works from Merula to the 20th century, and includes the beloved “Trout” Quintet as well as David Schrader’s improvisation on a suggested theme.

Mozart   Concert Aria “Ch’io scordi di te” for soprano, fortepiano, and orchestra
TerVeldthuis   The Storm, for harpsichord and tape
Merula   Toccata for organ
Couperin   Works for one to three harpsichords
Schrader   Organ Improvisation on a theme by the audience
Schubert   Piano Quintet in A (“Trout”)

Aug
16
Wed
GerMania @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Germany has produced generations of fabulous composers. After the dominance of Italy in the Renaissance, German music stepped into the spotlight with the emergence of the Classical style in the late 18th century. Composer-in-residence Moritz Eggert demonstrates the continuing strength of this venerable tradition.

Haydn   Variations on “Gott erhalte” from String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3
Eggert   One Man Band II, for pianist
Vogelweide   Unter der Linden, for voice and instruments
Wagner   Prelude from Die Meistersinger, arr. for two pianos, eight hands
Weill   Selections from Three Penny Opera
Schütz   Meine Seele verlanget, for double chorus
Beethoven   Symphony No. 8

Aug
17
Thu
Pranksters and Puppet Masters @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Classical music often struggles to cast off its sober image. And yet many composers have sought to infuse their music with wit, humor, and outright comedy. This intriguing program brings together some of the most memorable such attempts, from Haydn’s famous “Surprise” Symphony to Stravinsky’s neo-classical Pulcinella Suite, complete with pantomime by Happenstance Theater.

Haydn   Symphony No. 94 in G (“Surprise”)
Guinivan   New Work (world premiere)
R.Strauss/Hasenoehrl   Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders, for violin, clarinet, horn, bassoon, double bass
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, for orchestra with pantomime

Aug
18
Fri
Baroque Inside Out:  Bach’s Magnificat and more @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Presenting several of the signature orchestral and choral masterworks by J. S. Bach, including the Magnificat in D, Orchestral Suite No. 3, the double concerto for oboe and violin, and select arias and duets. Plus madrigal singers during intermission.

Bach   Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach   Arias and Duets TBA
Bach   Concerto in C Minor, for oboe, violin, strings and continuo
Bach   Magnificat in D, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra

Aug
19
Sat
Brave New World @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Classical music has been largely dominated by composers from the Old World. But New World music has slowly garnered a position of some acclaim, ranging from works steeped in Native- and African-American roots, to the most advanced electronic music. And Old World visitors have left their marks during brief sojourns in our “Brave New World.”

Latin American Baroque Suite
Varèse   Offrandes, for soprano and chamber ens.
Dvorák   Larghetto, from String Quintet (“American”)
Joplin   Maple Leaf Rag, for piano
Burtner   New piece for harp and live electronics (world premiere)
Bartók   Contrasts, for clarinet, violin, and piano
Crumb   “The Kanawha River at Dusk” and “Black is my Love” from American Songbook
Gershwin   Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” for piano and orchestra

Aug
20
Sun
Festival Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

underwritten by Chris and Betsy Little

 

Musical works don’t come any bigger than Beethoven’s commanding Ninth Symphony for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The SMF concludes its 20th anniversary season with Beethoven’s last completed symphony, a work that transformed music, rewrote accepted norms of symphonic music, and carried poet Friedrich Schiller’s message of “Ode to Joy” to all future generations. SMF artistic director Carsten Schmidt conducts the SMF Chamber Orchestra, a brilliant period instrument ensemble, along with featured vocal soloists and chamber chorus.
(To learn more about this work, don’t miss the extended preconcert lecture over brunch; tickets required.)

Beethoven    Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125