WCMS 'Horizons' concert April 25

  • Worcester – Worcester Chamber Music Society (WCMS) is looking forward to our upcoming “Horizons” concert, recorded from the stage of Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The performance premieres April 25 at 4 p.m. and includes a virtual reception with the musicians after the concert. The concert will be available to stream through June 30.

    Streaming Premiere: 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25

    Virtual reception with the musicians to follow
    Recorded at Mechanics Hall
    On-Demand April 26-June 30

    With guest Aaron Engebreth, baritone

    Samuel Barber Dover Beach
    Hilary Tann Llef 
    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 97 “Archduke” 

    The program includes Samuel Barber’s incomparable setting of Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach, for which baritone Aaron Engebreth joins the ensemble. Engebreth is a much sought-after soloist and recording artist, whose performances of early music, contemporary premieres, and everything in between, have earned him critical acclaim.

    Also featured is Hilary Tann’s evocative Llef, for flute and cello, and the performance concludes with Beethoven’s Archduke piano trio, op. 97, in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday.

    The title of the concert – “Horizons” – came about because each piece on the program reflects a change in time or place. Barber set Dover Beach to music in 1931, between the two World Wars. Composed in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains where she lives, Hilary Tann’s piece evokes her childhood home in Wales from the distance of both age and place. Beethoven played the Archduke piano trio – his last and arguably his best – in his final performance, after which his deafness precluded further public appearances.

    Information and tickets for this concert are available on the ensemble’s website, www.worcesterchambermusic.org, or by calling the office at (508) 926-8624.