A 32nd season of diverse offerings

Candlelight concerts will have masterworks and the contemporary


July 29, 2004|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It goes without saying that you can't please everybody, but that doesn't stop Columbia's Candlelight Concert Society from trying.

Indeed, the society's 2004-05 concert season - the 32nd chamber music series it has offered the public since its inception - is full of diverse offerings that should leave music lovers of all stripes engaged and edified.

To begin with, there are the "meat and potatoes" of the chamber repertoire, masterworks that embody the genius of the Western musical tradition at its most inspired. Candlelight, as usual, dishes these up with stunning generosity.

FOR THE RECORD - An article and photo caption in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun misspelled the name of Trio Solisti, which will perform at the Jan. 8 Columbia Candlelight Concert Society. The Sun regrets the error.

For string quartets, we get Haydn's sunny, adventuresome Op. 77, No. 1 right off the bat from the Orion Quartet in October, along with Bela Bartok's Quartet No. 5.

From there, we can look ahead expectantly toward Beethoven's Op. 18 , No. 5, a warm, bustling tip of the cap to Mozart's genius in the quartet repertoire, and Johannes Brahms' staunch, unrelenting C-minor Quartet, both of which will be performed by the American String Quartet in January.

Two of the most celestial piano trios of all are brought to Columbia by the Triple Helix Trio in November: Schubert's grand, achingly beautiful No. 1 in B-flat and Beethoven's Op. 70. No. 1, complete with the eerie, impressionistic slow movement that imparts the work's subtitle, "Ghost."

In January, the Trio Soloisti will be joined by violist Scott St. John for Mozart's K. 493, arguably the most heavenly piano quartet ever composed, and the G-minor Quartet of Brahms with its whirling, gypsy-inspired finale.

Devotees of the new and less familiar will be pleased to note the coming of Chick Corea's String Quartet (the Orions in October), Bright Sheng's "Four Movements for Piano Trio" (Triple Helix in November), Spanish composer Joaquin Turina's 2nd Piano Trio ( Trio Solisti in January) and Richard Danielpour's evocative "Shadow Dances" from the American Quartet, also in January.

Baroque enthusiasts will love Rebel (pronounced Re-bell), an ensemble known for its high-octane romps through Antonio Vivaldi's concertos and sonatas for recorder, flute and strings (Feb. 26).

The clarinet is an instrument given to extremes, equally at home in the zippy coloratura of Rossini and Weber, the mellow elegance of Mozart or the romantic passion of Bruch and Schumann. This rich palette of timbres and colors will be on display when the Halcyon Clarinet Trio appears in December.

And for Anglophiles who know how much the English love their brass, there is the Onyx Brass Quintet, which brings the stately pomp of the British wind band tradition with it to Columbia in April.

Candlelight also announces a Feb. 5 concert by pianist Richard Goode, who will perform to benefit the society's educational and community outreach programs. One of the most aristocratic musicians of his generation, Goode is a pianist's pianist whose integral set of the Beethoven's 32 Sonatas for the Piano is one of the great recordings of the 20th century.

Coming up

Here is the Candlelight Concerts 2004-05 Subscription Season:

Oct. 23: Orion String Quartet

Nov. 6: Triple Helix Piano Trio

Nov. 20: Ying String Quartet

Dec. 4: Halcyon Clarinet Trio

Jan. 8: Trio Solisti

Jan. 22: American String Quartet

Feb. 26: Rebel

April 9: Onyx Brass Quintet

April 30: American Chamber Players

Feb. 5: Richard Goode, piano (special benefit concert)

All Candlelight performances are given at Smith Theatre on the campus of Howard Community College in Columbia. Curtain is at 8 p.m. For subscription information: 410- 480-9950 or candlelight1@mind spring.com or www.candlelight concerts.org.

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