Father’s Day | Saratoga Chamber Players
Saratoga Chamber Players will honor fathers with Music for Summer at the Hyde Collection on Sunday June 16, 3pm. Artistic Director Jill Levy will be joined by pianist Benjamin Hochman, violinist Doori Na, violist Michael Roth, and cellist Eric Bartlett. They will offer a program of “Papa” Haydn, Schubert and Bartok.
Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, and $15 students. Hyde members receive a $5 discount on the price of their ticket. Purchase tickets on-line, see program details and musician bios HERE.
Franz Joseph Haydn, “Papa Haydn” as he was known, was a true representative of the 18th century Enlightenment. His optimistic approach to life and his striving for a balance between intellect and emotion are hallmarks of the classical style in music and architecture. Called the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these genres, Haydn’s influence on later composers is immense. His most celebrated pupil was Beethoven, but his musical form casts a huge shadow over the music of such “heirs” as Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms.
The Duo Sonata in A Major Franz Schubert, Haydn’s “heir,” was not published until 1851, but it is a work of ish early maturity where the keyboard is a full partner. It is lyrical, playful and joyful – a tribute to Haydn’s influence.
Béla Bartok is one of Hungary’s great composers. The Piano Quintet in C Major is an early composition written in 1904, influenced by Dvorak and Brahms. It represents the music and musical philosophy more characteristic of the 19th century. It is a richly scored work, with a virtuoso piano part, that is entirely post-romantic in nature, full of spirit, lovely tunes and rich sonorities.