Concert to feature Czech composers, folk songs, and fairy tales

The Gold Coast Chamber Players are proud to present their third concert of the 2014-15 Season, Czech Mix. The concert will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.A pre-concert talkwith musicologist Kai Christiansen will start the evening at 7 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak, Leos Janacek, and Josef Suk are among the most famous Czech composers of the 19th century. Dvorak's Bagatelles for String Trio and Harmonium were written for a home performance among friends and family and are charmingly accessible. The harmonium, a reed organ once common in 19th century music, adds a rich but subtle tone to the string melodies. Dvorak frequently uses the traditional Ukranian folk form of ‘Dumka’ in his music, and British composer Rebecca Clarke’s Dumka for violin, viola and piano, mixes ethnicities in a similar way. Pohadka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano was inspired by a Russian epic poem, "The Tale of Tsar Berendey" by Vasily Zhukovsky. The dramatic cello represents the young Prince Ivan, and the lyrical piano represents the beautiful Marya, daughter of Kaschei, ruler of the Underworld. In a series of evocative tableaux, Ivan and Marya fall in love, endure trials, and achieve happiness. Josef Suk's Piano Quartet is at times dramatic, lyrical, triumphant, and deeply expressive. It is the perfect keystone to this Bohemian program.

Highly acclaimed Chicago-based pianist Yana Reznik will perform on Czech Mix. Ms. Reznik has appeared regularly with Gold Coast Chamber Players since 2012, and her exquisite musicality has captivated audiences. Christopher Costanza, cello, is a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet in residence at Stanford University, and tours extensively with the ensemble throughout the world.Debra Fong and Ji Soo Choi, violin, and Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola, round out the ensemble.

The Gold Coast Chamber Players are known for their engaging and vibrant performances. Audiences have been responding with such enthusiasm that tickets are in great demand.

Ticket price includes complimentary champagne, a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., and a reception with the musicians following the performance. Tickets are available at www.gcplayers.org and by phone at (925) 283-3728. Limited seating, please reserve early.


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