Rose, what’s cool about woodwind quintets?
Every woodwind instrument in the orchestra is covered, plus french horn, so the woodwind quintet has a unique timbre. Woodwind quintet music is very virtuosic. The woodwind quintet as an ensemble was popularized in the 1800's by composer Anton Reicha, who wrote lots of woodwind quintets to get principal winds playing together.
Tell me about the November 6 Mill Avenue Chamber Players Concert.
For this concert we paired two pieces (Schubert: Octet in F major D. 803 and Beethoven: Septet in Eb major Op. 20) that use strings and winds in combination, something that’s rarely done. We thought it was a great idea to pair these particular works since they were influenced by each other. Schubert modeled his piece on what Beethoven wrote 25 years before.
What’s so special about a live concert? Can't students get the same experience online?
It’s seeing the performers right in front of you communicate with each other.
The energy is palpable, and you can’t see that online. The emotional response that you get is magnified 10-fold when you see the performance live. Those connections make classical music and chamber music emotional and relevant. Everyone is part of what’s happening in that room, and that’s an experience that you can’t have at home The live interaction is so important to learning.
Tell me about the concert hall.
The Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is right off the 101 at the Peoria Avenue exit. There’s free parking and the building is handicapped accessible. The PCA has two venues, a black box theater and their full staged theater of 350 seats. PCA has been largely presenting TheaterWorks productions and is now offering more music, different kinds of concerts.
For what ages is the concert suited?
For everyone fifth grade and up. We like to talk to the audience, to educate them about what they’re going to hear. We recommend listening to the pieces before the concert; it helps you enjoy them that much more. people should educate themselves about the music before they come. They can download the scores and parts from IMSLP and play thru it, or they can listen to recordings.When going to a rock concert, people generally know the pieces before they go.
How much are tickets and where can they be purchased?
Student tickets are $8, adult tickets are $15 at the website, or by calling (623) 815-7930. Series tickets are available, too.
What advice would you give to aspiring music students?
Taking private lessons, whether you aspire to be a professional musician or not, makes a huge difference in preventing problems in your playing. Listening to your instrument, in orchestra and solo performances, teaches you how your instrument should be played. Attending Pittsburgh Symphony concerts weekly shaped my ideas about how horn playing should sound.
Playing in ensembles is important. Playing in a chamber ensemble as a high school student is the best way to progress. In a chamber group, you have to make the musical decisions yourself and defend them, as there’s no director. This helps grow your musicianship much faster.
Rose, best wishes for a great season in Peoria with the new concert series at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
When you go:
- Mill Ave Chamber Players and Quartet Sabaku
- Wednesday November 6, 7:30 PM
- Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
- 8355 W Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345
- Tickets online, by calling (623) 815-7930, and at the door.
For booking and more information on the Mill Avenue Chamber Players, please contact Rose French at 480-204-1092 or firstname.lastname@example.org