GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – One thing new was illuminated Tuesday evening below the COVID-19 moon. In that mild for the primary time was this: Weidner Philharmonic String Quartet.
Whereas mounting a string quartet is saying one thing, Tuesday’s assertion was low key.
Within the run-up to the live performance and within the live performance, the musicians’ names weren’t listed. So I requested.
On the fore in music introductions was Luis Fernandez, violin, of the College of Wisconsin-Inexperienced Bay Music school.
He was joined within the livestreamed live performance by Audrey Nowak, violin, a distinguished trainer and participant in space orchestras; Blakeley Menghini, viola, of Midsummer Music’s Griffon String Quartet of Door County and larger Inexperienced Bay; and Michael Dewhirst, cello, an affiliate lecturer for UWGB Music and participant in a variety of conditions.
To play in a string quartet takes experience, expertise and suppleness. The 4 match the invoice.
Kellogg’s Cereal would name what the quartet supplied a Selection Pack – solely the choices are rather more substantial than Sugar Pops and Rice Krispies.
4 alternatives have been carried out as a journey from the ornate Baroque period to the prismatic 21st century. Collectively, the works massaged the thoughts – the established, the brand new, the seldom explored.
The gamers carried out in live performance black put on, together with pandemic protocol masks.
The live performance was livestreamed from Fort Howard Corridor of Weidner Heart for the Performing Arts on the College of Wisconsin-Inexperienced Bay. Listening/viewing stays out there on the middle’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aXcGXgYvow.
The general sound is strong, owing partially to the Rob and Cathy Riordan Household Basis.
Right here is this system, together with impressions I wrote whereas listening – one thing of a idiot’s mission as a result of music laughs at phrases.
Program (roughly 50 minutes)
+ “Chacony in G minor for String Quartet” (organized by Benjamin Britten) – Henry Purcell
Dramatic, florid open. An open melancholy. Class. Sound is powerful and agency, although execution is tense at occasions early on. Cello in portion appears to make a pronouncement to others, who then develop into extra severe. Weaving of voices. Depth trails off for a launch/relaxed shut.
+ “String Quartet No. 6 in D main” – Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 – 1799)
I. Allegro Assai
Fast, vibrant, mild aura. Festive. Joyful. Celebratory. String notes appear to be laughing at occasions. Gamers in a stride of collaboration/musical camaraderie.
Picture of a regal ball. Mild-footed. Beautiful robes, males spiffy in grandiose glory of chiseled physiques and completely pressed jackets. Power in air.
+ “String Quartet in G main” – Florence Value (1888-1953)
Luis Fernandez introduces the piece with the story of Florence Value, swimming towards the present and interesting to a conductor to carry out her music and asking him to neglect she is a girl, neglect she is Black. The work is from 1929.
Swish open. Lush and heat. Craving in violin. Appears a discord in different ranges of ambiance. Strikes into agency cello voice. Movement from a number of instructions. Passages of settlement, then violin is by itself in creating route. Dramatic shut.
Andante moderato – Allegretto
Evening falls gently, peacefully. Dreamy. Comforting. Strikes to an aura of a refrain collectively, every voice including an embrace of its personal. Shift to an attention-grabbing “story,” informed with a shifting pacing of a jovial storyteller. Little bit of non secular tone. Violin performs “tears” and “aches” of coronary heart to a previous tenderness. A cherished reminiscence.
+ “Verge for String Quartet” – Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, who composes and extra as a member of the UWGB Music school.
Excited burst, with drama. Notes are shards. Rolling notice on cello. Others add fragments. Violin cries lengthy, haunting cries. Title has a sure rigidity. Is introduced. One sequence an city cacophony on the street. Lengthy notice that modifications on violin, whereas cello appears to moan and different devices lament on the facet. Undecided what’s impending, nevertheless it appears to be personally momentous. A dramatic arrival, necessary, difficult, and appears ominous however could be a optimistic regardless of the burden.
The Weidner Philharmonic is a product of the college. The orchestra was simply getting going when COVID-19 threw every thing for a loop. A bonus in all of the loop de loops has been alternative. Resembling a Weidner Philharmonic String Quartet. A efficiency with such a configuration won’t have occurred aside from circumstances. That’s my interpretation, which might be mistaken.
Facet journey: A captain of trade in Inexperienced Bay as soon as spoke of his love for string quartet music and the way he bought enjoyment from it as he traveled. He was a severe hobbyist who owned one of many well-known FINEST devices. He spoke of having the ability to journey to any giant metropolis and discover like-minded souls to play quartets – for enjoyable and pleasure. One other Inexperienced Bay businessman – viola was his instrument – informed of taking part in in lots of string quartets domestically. His repertoire included 150 such works. “Music is as necessary as a sermon,” he mentioned.