Capital City Concerts presents ‘A Feast of Suites’ Nov. 20 at Montpelier High School

Flutist Karen Kevra. Photo by Caleb Kenna

Flutist Karen Kevra. Photo by Caleb Kenna

For its second offering in the 2016-2017 season, Capital City Concerts (CCE) presents Lou Kosma conducting three orchestral suites that celebrate autumn.

Kosma who played in the bass section of the Metropolitan Opera for 36 years and who has conducted widely has bought together a professional orchestra of musicians from the East Coast to play three orchestral suites by Holst, Telemann and Schoenberg.

According to a CCC press release, Schoenberg’s Suite in the Old Style is a distinctly tonal homage to Johann Sebastian  Bach. All three suites are evocative of landscape with a strong sense of place, just in time for the annual celebration of Vermont’s fall bounty this Thanksgiving season.

Schoenberg composed the “Suite in G for String Orchestra” in 1934 shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles upon fleeing Germany in the wake of the growing Nazi regime. “Too many people think of Schoenberg as a composer of “run-for-the exits” music,” said Capital City Concerts Artistic Director Karen Kevra. “The father of atonality also wrote accessible, beautiful and engaging music. His “Suite in the Old Style” invites you in with its rich harmonies and evocative sense of landscape. This is a major orchestral work — much more than a novelty. It is a masterpiece and a salute to Schoenberg’s new life in America.”

Kevra, a Grammy-nominated flutist will be the soloist in Telemann’s “Suite in A minor” for flute and string orchestra, widely considered to be the greatest flute suite of the Baroque period. “I adore this piece because it is so inventive. It has dazzling virtuoso movements, an overtly expressive and gorgeous Italian style aria, swashbuckling dances for the strings, plus it opens with a grand overture in the French Baroque style.”

The concert to be held on Nov. 20, 3 p.m. at the Montpelier High School Smilie Auditorium will open with Gustav Holst’s Green Brook Suite, an inviting and picturesque work from the composer who is best know for his gigantic suite “The Planets.”

This concert is sponsored in part by Capital Copy, Vermont State Employees Credit Union and Maple Capital Management, with media sponsorship from VPR.

To learn more about the musicians, venues, programs and to charge tickets ($15–$25) go to www.capitalcityconcerts.org. Tickets may also be purchased (cash or check only) in person at Bear Pond Books, Montpelier and at the door.

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