The Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra will present their Fall Musicale on Saturday, October 5, at 3 PM, at the Cape Conservatory, 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth.
Members and friends of the orchestra will present a variety of chamber music works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Canteloube, Eugene Damaré, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Nielsen, and other composers.
Performers include piccolo player Lorrie Hassan, oboist Melanie Hayn, clarinetists Alexandra Armitage, Cathy DiPasqua-Egan, Patty Marshall, and Allison Heleen, bassoonist Cynthia Becker, violinists Laura and Fritz Sonnichsen, violist Robin Kruse, cellist Brian Kruse, and pianists Debbie Carlise and Eve Budnick.
Fritz (with cat, Chula) and Laura Sonnichsen and Robin and Brian Kruse will perform a string quartet at the FCPO’s Fall Musicale.
The Sonnichsens and the Kruses will play the final movement of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387. The quartet is one of six that Mozart composed while in Vienna in 1781. He dedicated all six to Joseph Haydn, whom he met while he was there and regarded as the father of the string quartet.
Haydn returned Mozart’s admiration, calling him “the greatest composer known to me personally or by name.”
“The final movement, Molto Allegro, is written in fugue form, beginning seriously and then turning cheerful, even humorous,” said Laura Sonnichsen. “It is very enjoyable to play.” The movement is sometimes somber and thoughtful, often lively and vibrant, as the four instruments chase each other by turn toward the concluding simple restatement of the theme.
Hayn, Armitage, and Becker will perform Canteloube’s “Rustiques.” Canteloube (1879-1957) premiered the piece in 1947. It is notable for Canteloube’s incorporation of French folk music into his own original music.
Hayn will also perform Nielsen’s (1863-1931) “Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano” with Budnick on piano.
“Le Merl Blanc” (“The White Blackbird”), by Damaré (1840-1919), polka-fantasy featuring the unusual combination of piccolo (Hassan) and piano (Budnick).
Debbie Carlisle will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 12, Op. 26, in A Flat Major, which was written in 1801. Beethoven dedicated the work Prince Karl von Lichnowsky, who had been his patron since 1792.
DiPasqua-Egan and Marshall will perform a clarinet duet by Mozart, and Heleen will perform a solo clarinet piece.
Admission is by donation; the suggested donation is $15 for adults and $5 for students.
For more information about the concert and other activities of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, visit falmouthchamberplayers.org, email FCPO@falmouthchamberplayers.org, or call Fritz Sonnichsen at 508-274-2632.