This Sunday, come hear Janácek and Dvorák performed by Lois Shapiro and The Omer Quartet, Grand Prize winners of the 2013 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition! The concert will run from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, and comprise the following works:
• Leos Janácek’s piano suite, On an Overgrown Path (1900-1911)
• Janácek’s String Quartet #1, “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
• Antonin Dvorák’s Quintet in A for Piano and Strings, Op. 81 (1887)
At 2:00, one hour before the concert, Lois will give a lecture-demonstration on these works:
“The Collective Dream Lights the Pathway Home”
“We need to go back to that rare and inexhaustible school, the life of the people, to regenerate and purify ourselves….He who grows from folk song, grows into a whole man. If our art music can grow out of this folk source, all of us will embrace each other in these products of art music. It will unite us…Folk song can bind all of mankind into one spirit, one kind of happiness, one kind of bliss.”
—Leos Janacek 1926
Growing up in what is now the Czech Republic–a country with a long and painful history of outside domination and cultural suppression– Dvorák and Janácek turned with special fervor and urgency to their folk music tradition for sustenance on several levels. Their music was a kind of “message in a bottle”: the musical essence of their people, set adrift in the larger world. Also, at a time that classical music was itself in a crisis of coherence, their musical “mother tongue” became a powerful, organizing principle for these composers: The collective dream of their folk tradition did indeed light the pathway to their own unique musical voices.
The performance will be held in Rivera Recital Hall, Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA 02493. It’s free, but tickets should be reserved in advance. Click here to go to the web page for this event and scroll down to where you can make your reservation.