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March 3, 2019

Humor in Music

Colin Carr
  • Bach - Cello Suite
  • Haydn – Cello Concerto in C
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 9

Join us for an evening of humor and harmony! Award-winning cellist Colin Carr joins us for one of Bach’s Cello Suites, some of the most recognizable solo compositions ever written for cello. Carr is a world-renowned British cellist who attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  

Blair Sanderson of Allmusic.com called Carr’s recording of  Bach's Cello Suites, “a remarkable demonstration of intellectual concentration, expressive consistency, and physical control that other cellists may envy.”

To follow, Carr will delight on Haydn’s Cello Concerto, a virtuosic and playful piece composed around 1761-1765 and presumed lost until its discovery in 1961 at the Prague National Museum. Not much is known about the work prior to its discovery as the only mention of it existed in Haydn’s personal catalogue.

We finish with Shostakovich’s witty Symphony No. 9. Shostakovich originally intended the piece as a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in World War II when he began the composition in 1943. By 1945, the Symphony shifted form, taking on a bright and sarcastic sound, which many have interpreted as the composer’s bitter commentary on Joseph Stalin and post-war Russia.

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