Santa Barbara Music Club
P.O. Box 3974
Santa Barbara, CA  93130
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Santa Barbara Music Club Always Free Concert - French Arias & More
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   One of the highlights of Santa Barbara Music Club's concerts is the opportunity for audiences to hear great music from a variety of historical periods, with a diversity of musical forms, performed by excellent artists. This concert features arias by Georges Bizet, Charles Gounod, and Jacques Offenbach; Aram Khachaturian’s Trio in G minor for Clarinet, Violin and Piano; and Franz Schubert’s Fantasie in C major, D. 934 for Violin and Piano.
   Soprano Deborah Bertling and pianist Renée Hamaty will perform a selection of French Arias: Georges Bizet’s Je dis, from “Carmen,” Charles Gounod’s Jewel Song, from “Faust,” and Jacques Offenbach’s Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour (Barcarolle) from “The Tales of Hoffman.” Carmen, a four act opéra-comique by Georges Bizet (1838-1875), premiered in 1875. It was groundbreaking in its realistic depiction of working class life in 1830s Seville and is notable also for memorable melodies, brilliant orchestration, and skillful musical representation of the emotions and suffering of the characters. Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante, (“I say that nothing can frighten me”), sung by the character of Micaëla, comes from Act III of the opera. Charles Gounod (1818-1893) wrote Faust in 1858 and made changes and additions until about 1869. The opera was premiered in 1859. The libretto is based Michel Carré’s Faust et Marguerite and Gérard Nerval’s translation of Part I of Goethe’s Faust. The Jewel Song, “Ah! je ris de me voir si belle” (“Ah! I laugh to see myself so fair”) is sung by the character of Marguerite in Act III. Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) was a French composer of German origin. His operas, often satirical and/or comic, contain some of the most exhilaratingly tuneful music of all time. The success of Offenbach’s works outside of France helped operetta to become an established international genre, eventually evolving into the 20th-century musical. The Tales of Hoffmann was Offenbach’s last work. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann, who is the protagonist of the story. The Barcarolle Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour (“Beautiful night, oh night of love”) is from Act III. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was an Italian composer and violinist who made a major contribution to the form of the concerto and the style of late Baroque instrumental music. Of the roughly 500 instrumental concerti that survive, more than 300 are scored for a solo instrument with string orchestra and continuo. While the majority of those are for solo violin, he wrote 40 for bassoon. Like many of his concertos, the Bassoon Concerto No. 23 in G minor, F. VIII is in three movements, the outer ones fast and rhythmic and the middle slow movement lyrical, almost aria-like.
   Clarinetist Per Elmfors, violinist Kristi Holstein, and pianist Robert Hale perform Aram Khachaturian’s Trio in G minor (1932). Armenian composer, conductor and teacher Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) is considered by some to be the central figure in 20th-century Armenian culture. With Prokofiev and Shostakovich, he was a pillar of the Soviet school of composition. The Trio in G Minor for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano is in three movements. The work has an exotic sound, attributable to Khachaturian’s integration of folk materials into his style, and is by turns improvisatory, rhapsodic and crisply rhythmic.
   The program concludes with Franz Schubert’s Fantasie in C major, D. 934, performed by Han Soo Kim, violin and Neil Di Maggio, piano. Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was an Austrian composer who made important contributions in the areas of orchestral music, chamber music, piano music, and the German lied, or Art Song. His Fantasie in C major, D. 934, composed in 1827, is formally and harmonically adventurous, technically demanding, and filled with heartfelt lyricism.
   Event Category & Type:   Music - Classical ( Concerts, Shows & Performances)

   Santa Barbara Public Library - Faulkner Gallery, 40 E Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA  93101

   Admission:  FREE to All
   Phone:  (619) 405-3218
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   This event is ..... Open to the Public, Indoor, Handicapped Accessible, NON Smoking, NO Cell Phones & Pagers, NO Cameras or Recording, All Welcome



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