Program I: Classical Masters: String quintets by Mozart and Mendelssohn

Friday, July 28th 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine's in-the-woods
Sunday July 30th, 3:00 p.m. at St. Augustine's in-the-woods

Mozart and Mendelssohn, while born a generation apart, shared striking commonalities. Both were prodigiously talented composers and performers, and both were raised in musical families with sisters who were also extremely gifted musicians. Two of the great masterworks of the chamber music literature, Mozart's C major quintet and Mendelssohn's great Bb quintet were composed for the special combination of 2 violins, 2 violas and cello. The addition of a second viola to the string quartet adds a special warmth and richness to the harmonies, as well as providing a more soloistic platform for the first viola.

Grand Duo -for violin and viola op. 69    Ignaz Pleyel

String quintet in C major, K. 515              W.A. Mozart

String quintet, Op. 87 No. 2            Felix Mendelssohn

Tekla Cunningham, violin
Corentin Pokorny, violin
Romeric Pokorny, viola
Vijay Chalasani, viola
Nathan Whittaker, cello