Revelations  

1.   BEETHOVEN’S CELLO, BY ‘MOONLIGHT’
September 23, 2018, 4 pm
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonatas in G Minor and A Major for Cello and Piano
Moonlight’ Piano Sonata
 
Michael Kannen, cello, • Brian Connelly,
1810 Rosenberger piano

Before Beethoven’s five, sonatas for cello and piano were rare. Context presents two of these masterworks, including the most beloved, in A Major, on original instruments. Along with the immortal ‘Moonlight’ Sonata for piano, as you’ve never heard it! You won’t believe what it sounds like on our piano from Beethoven’s time—you’ll understand why it’s called Moonlight!

2.   ROMANCES AND FAIRY TALES
October 21, 2018, 4 pm
Clara Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano
Robert Schumann Adagio & Allegro for Cello and Piano
Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for Viola and Piano
Quintet for Piano and Strings
 
Guillaume Pirard, violin • Natalie Lin, violin • Max Mandel, viola • Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello • Brian Connelly, 1852 Bösendorfer piano

Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet is a cornerstone of the repertoire, but we haven’t programmed it in fifteen years! Don’t miss its return, and the Context debut of violinist Guillaume Pirard.

3.  AMERICAN VISIONARIES
November 18, 2018, 4 pm
Henry Cowell Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord
John Cage Suite for Toy Piano
Charles Ives Selected Songs
George Crumb Three Songs
Lou Harrison Grand Duo for Violin and Piano

Spirited, appealing music from American composers who went their own way, creating exuberant and freshly beautiful works in the best tradition of American invention. Featuring students and faculty of the Shepherd School of Music.

4.   SCHUBERT’S ‘SWAN SONG’
January 20, 2019, 4 pm
Franz Schubert Schwanengesang’, Fourteen Songs for Baritone and Piano
 
William Sharp, baritone • Brian Connelly, 1826 Graf piano

Grammy-winner William Sharp’s Winterreise was an unforgettable triumph two years ago. Now he returns to sing this collection of Schubert’s last songs, along with other rarely-heard works from Schubert’s final year, in this don’t-miss performance.

5.   SCHUBERT’S ‘Trout’ Quintet
February 17, 2019, 4 pm
Franz Schubert Trio in B-flat for Strings
Quintet for Strings and Piano, ‘Trout’
 
Stephanie Chase, violin • Joan DerHovsepian, viola • Michael Kannen, cello • Erik Gronfor, double bass • Brian Connelly, 1826 Graf piano

The ‘Trout’ Quintet is one of the most famous and celebrated chamber-music works in history. It has never sounded more glittering, lucid, and joyous than with our world-class ‘Vaughn’ Graf piano, built in Schubert’s Vienna, while he lived there!

6.   FRANCK’S QUINTET
March 24, 2019, 4 pm
Claude Debussy Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano
César Franck Quintet for Strings and Piano
 
Maureen Nelson, violin • Natalie Lin, violin • Joan DerHovsepian, viola • Richard Belcher, cello • Brian Connelly, 1890 Blüthner piano

Context’s season closes with the over-the-top passion and intensity of Franck’s Piano Quintet, one of the most thrilling and virtuosic chamber works of all time, and an Everest of late Romanticism. With a charming Trio by the emerging 18-year-old genius of the next generation, Claude Debussy.

CONTEXT MUSICIANS
FOR 2018/19 include


VIOLIN
Stephanie Chase
Natalie Lin
Maureen Nelson
Guillaume Pirard

VIOLA
Joan DerHovsepian
Max Mandel

CELLO
Richard Belcher
Jean-Michel Fonteneau
Michael Kannen

DOUBLE BASS
Erik Gronfor

PIANO
Brian Connelly


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SUPPORT AND
MAJOR FUNDING
PROVIDED BY:


The Brown Foundation
The Cullen Trust for the
Performing Arts
The James M. Vaughn
Foundation
The Wortham Foundation


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Duncan Recital Hall
Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University


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