Second/Final Season of ‘Musique on the Bluff: The French Seasons’ Slated
The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University will present the second and final season of Musique on the Bluff: The French Seasons during the 2009–2010 academic year. David Allen Wehr, holder of the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair, will perform in each of the five concerts in the schedule.
In an unusual first for the Musique on the Bluff series, Wehr will perform with Dr. David A. Wehr, his father, a composer and conductor. The two will appear in the Principally Poulenc concert in January, with the senior Wehr serving as narrator of Babar, the Little Elephant, a classic French children’s story set to music.
The Musique on the Bluff series schedule is as follows:
Mixed Doubles, Sunday, Sept. 13
International concert artist Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr share one piano for the delightful reflections on childhood by Fauré and Bizet and switch to two pianos for Poulenc's profound Sonata and Milhaud's Brazilian-influenced Scaramouche.
Chausson Showcase, Sunday, Oct. 18
Chausson's dazzling Double Concerto showcases violinist Charles Stegeman and pianist David Allen Wehr; the Septet by Saint-Saëns features trumpeter Neal Berntsen; and Wehr offers Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, which includes the ever-popular Clair de Lune and the brilliant Isle of Joy.
Principally Poulenc, Sunday, Jan. 24
One of the most important and versatile 20th-century French composers, Poulenc will be represented by four major works: the lyrical Flute Sonata, the humorous Trio, the imposing Sextet and the endearing setting of Babar, the Little Elephant. James Houlik, a saxophone virtuoso, is featured in Debussy's Rhapsody and Charles Koechlin's rarely heard tribute to Jean Harlow.
Debussy Diversely, Sunday, Feb. 14
Toward the end of his life, Debussy began a series of six sonatas for “diverse instruments,” and this program will present the three that he completed. Also heard will be Debussy's earliest masterpiece for piano and Fauré's romantic Piano Quartet No. 1.
Ravel Revue, Sunday, March 14
An all-star trio of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Concertmaster Andres Cardenes, PSO principal cello Anne Martindale Williams and David Allen Wehr headline this all-Ravel finale to the series, performing Piano Trio, Sonata for Violin and Cello and the solo piano works Pavane for a Dead Princess, Jeux d'eau (Fountains) and the rarely-heard solo version of the Mother Goose Suite.
Each concert of Musique on the Bluff: The French Seasons has a $10 suggested donation and will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. in PNC Recital Hall in the School of Music at Duquesne University. Each performance is preceded by a pre-concert event at 2:15 p.m. For more information, call 412.396.6083 or visit www.music.duq.edu/frenchseasons.
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