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Premiers as a single playlist, March 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

“Early Music Women Composers”
“Contemporary Women Composers”
“Beethoven NextGen”
“Celebrating Song”
“Spring: Transitions & Hope”

Early Music Women Composers

March is both Early Music America’s Early Music Month, and Women’s History month. We wanted to join the celebration by showcasing Musicast performances of early music works by women composers. Five Musicast Ensembles present works by four early music composers.

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Contemporary Women Composers

Here we gather Musicast performances by seven different ensembles featuring compositions by seven different women composers, six of them still living.

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Beethoven NextGen

Beethoven is arguably the most influential composer defining the transition from the classical to the romantic periods. This concert explores several of his works and juxtaposes them with works by members of the immediate next generation, including Paganini, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. Each composer has a different story of connection with Beethoven.

Re: Beethoven and Paganini, Logan Fruchtman commented, “They planned to meet. Paganini was supposed to preform in Vienna in 1819 and had the intention of meeting Beethoven. Beethoven was aware of Paganini’s sucess as a virtuoso violinist. “There are not many Paganini’s so cherish him”. Beethoven reportedly said on Paganini. Paganini looked up to Beethoven and frequently preformed some of his works. He was involved with the revival of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major Op 61 . He preformed it in 1823 to much acclaim .”

Re: Beethoven and Schubert. “On his deathbed, the mighty Ludwig van Beethoven is said to have looked at some of Schubert’s works and exclaimed, “Truly, the spark of divine genius resides in this Schubert!” In March 1827 Schubert was one of the torchbearers at Beethoven’s funeral.” Schubert died a year later and was buried next to Beethoven.

Re: Beethoven and Mendelssohn. We start this concert with a Beethoven duet written by Beethoven in his late teenage years and later present a quartet that Mendelssohn wrote when he was 18. The Quartet is full of influences and experimentation based on late Beethoven quartets.

We do present three movements from Beethoven turn of the century works, where he both celebrates and honors Haydn, his teacher while certainly writing to impress, making his own mark and accelerating what will become a transition to the Romantic period.


“II. Aria-Larghetto”
WoO 27.2 Duet No. 2
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Performed by Shelby Yamin (Violin), Nicole Boguslaw (Cello)

“II. Adagio con molta espressione”
Sonata for piano and violin, Op.12 No.3 in E flat major
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Performed by Shea Kim Duo

“II. Adagio”
String Quartet op. 18 no. 2
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Performed by Quartet Salonnières

II. Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto (C major)
String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Performed by Red Line String Quartet

“II. Largo”
Fantasia in F minor, D. 940
F. Schubert (1797-1828)
Performed by Kalina Mrmevska (piano), Matthieu Cognet (piano)

“II. Adagio non lento”
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Performed by Beo String Quartet

“Die Forelle” (“the trout”)
F. Schubert (1797-1828/F. Liszt (1811-1886)
Performed by Shea Kim Duo

Celebrating Song

This delightful showcase will trace voice as instrument across time and genre featuring songs performed by ten different Musicast ensembles. The works span 13th century teenage love songs, sacred, opera, folk and love songs from the Baroque, and contemporary folk, art and American songbook.

“Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten” (from St. John Passion)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Performed by Bahareh Poureslami (soprano), Pauline Kempf (baroque violin), Cullen O’Neil (baroque cello)

“Nò, di voi non vo’ fidarmi”
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Performed by Musica Mundana

Étienne Moulinié (1599-1676)
Performed by Disordering the Attic : Tersis Etienne M…

“Je voudrois bien, ô Cloris”
Antoine Boësset (1586-1643), arr. by Rebecca Nelson
Performed by Rebeca Nelson

“Setting the Woods on Fire”
Hank Williams (1923-1953)
Performed by Ackley Duo

2 Songs by Martim Codax (13th century poet-composer)
Performed by Alkemie

“One for my Baby”
Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)
Performed by Reames Duo

“Blue is the Color of My Heart”
Taylor Ackley
Performed by Deep Roots Ensemble

“III. Dreamplace” from Maroon Dreams
Efrain Amaya (b.1959)
Performed by Bell’Art Ensemble

“The Bees of St. Mary’s”
Fiona Gillespie
Performed by Chivalrous Crickets

Spring: Transition & Hope

This spring, perhaps more than any in recent memory, captures the travails and uncertainty of emerging new life, pregnant with hope, transitions, and the fears of disappointment and loss. This concert assembles performances from across almost two full years of Musicast expressing hope, and yearning, and poignancy of moment.

The program begins with a nostalgic country song, “The flowers of Montana” and immediately segues to a more abstract classical works very loosely themed around flowers and trees. Then a renaissance piece celebrates love with an analogy of lips and roses. We go romantic art melody with Zach Silberschlag, before transitioning to full throttle Schumann art song. The early spring/nature infused hopes of love contains seeds of doubt, that love may be unrequited or lost. Then a Scottish folk song yearns for peace and reconciliation now on a geo- political scale. Given our geo-political tragedy under way, we finish this concert with contemplation and prayers.


“The Flowers of Montana”
Patsy Montana (1908-1996)
Performed by Ackley Duo

“III. White Lily” Hungarian Folk Song From the Cisk District, Sz. 35a
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Performed by Driftwood Trio

“Rain Tree Sketch for solo piano”
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Performed by Alan Hankers of Pathos Trio

“Lady, when I behold”
John Wilbye (1574-1638)
Performed by Alkemie Florilegium (Alkemie): Lady When I behold

Melodies by Brahms, and Drigo
arr. Zach Silberschlag
Performed by Zach Silberschlag (Trumpet/Flugehorn) & Jan C Knutson (Guitar)

Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (1840).
Composed by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
(A Poet’s Love) Text by Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
Performed by Reames Duo

“Both Sides the Tweed”
Scottish Folk Song
Performed by Disordering the Attic

Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Performed by Itzkoff/Warner

Amazing Grace
Lee Dengler (b. 1949)
Performed by Ellen Fast of the Jade Piano Trio

Musicivic Musicast Fund (2022)

All donations made to Musicivic through the end of the year will be dedicated to our 2022 Musicast Program. It is our goal to produce a minimum of eight to ten new programs each quarter. Depending on funding raised, a portion of these programs will expanded to ensemble residencies including a live performance opportunity. A Budget of $32,000 per quarter ($128,000 per year) allows us to fund ten Musicasts, including four residencies each quarter. The majority of these funds directly support our musicians. We hope you will consider a generous end of year donation to support this fund.


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