The Westminster College Concert Series may be small, but each season it packs a lot into a few concerts. "We only have four concerts this season, but we're realizing my goals," Karlyn Bond told the Deseret News.
Bond directs the series, and she said that it's important for the series to present area performers in concerts that explore the chamber repertoire. "I want the series to feature local musicians, and primarily Westminster faculty, playing quite a variety of works."
The new season, which starts Thursday, is a perfect example of what Bond wants to accomplish. The season combines traditional chamber music programs with those that are somewhat out of the ordinary.
The first concert belongs in the former category and contains only one work Schubert's glorious song cycle, "Die Winterreise" ("A Winter's Journey"), performed by tenor Mark Mowry and pianist Kori Bond. The concert will be a first of sorts. "To my knowledge, 'Die Winterreise' hasn't been performed in Utah in its entirety in some time."
The concert on March 23, 2009, is also in the "traditional" category. The evening features Quattro Amici (Utah Symphony colleagues Lun Jiang, violin; Roberta Zalkind, viola; and Pegsoon Whang, cello; with Karlyn Bond, piano). They will play Dvorak's Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 87. "It's not as well-known as his piano quintet," Bond said. "It's a little quirkier than that piece, but it has a heartbreakingly gorgeous slow movement."
The Dvorak will be in the first half. After intermission, Utah Symphony principal bass David Yavornitzky joins the others in Schubert's "Trout" Quintet. "The last movement is a wonderful set of variations based on his song 'The Trout,"' Bond said.
The remaining two concerts are of a different vein.
The Jan. 26, 2009, concert features Westminster faculty members Sally Humphreys, flute, Susan Swidnicki, oboe, and Vedrana Subotic, piano, in a varied program. "Sally and Susan came up with the idea," Bond said. "They're colleagues in the Ballet West orchestra and have worked together a lot over the years."
Bond promises that the concert will be "a little different. They're still tossing ideas around, but the program will feature various combinations of the three instruments, including some solo flute and solo oboe pieces. It's going to be the lightest and the most fun and whimsical of the four concerts."
The season ends April 6, 2009, with Utah Symphony bassist Tom Zera and University of Utah faculty member and pianist Heather Conner in a concert of cello music played on the double bass: J.S. Bach's Suite No. 4 in E flat major for Solo Cello and Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in E minor for Cello and Piano. "They're very difficult for the cellist, and I can only imagine how difficult they must be played on the bass," Bond said.
All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place in Vieve Gore Concert Hall on the Westminster College campus. The schedule:
Thursday Schubert's "Die Winterreise," Mark Mowry, tenor, Kori Bond, piano
Jan. 26 "An Evening with Flute, Oboe and Piano," Sally Humphreys, flute, Susan Swidnicki, oboe, Vedrana Subotic, piano
March 23 "Quattro Amici and Guest," Dvorak, Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 87; Schubert, "Trout" Quintet.April 6 "The Double Bass in Action," Tom Zera, double bass, Heather Conner, piano; J.S. Bach, Suite No. 4 in E flat major for Solo Cello; Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in E minor for Cello and Piano.
If you go ...
What: Schubert's Die Winterreise
Where: Vieve Gore Concert Hall
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10 general admission, $5 students at the door ($8 and $3 if purchased online)