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Firebrand presents Haydn and Dvorak in Bohemia

Posted by Christina Jedra  February 20, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by The Firebrand Concert Series: 

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Firebrand Concert Series returns to Malden for its fourth performance this season, a program of Joseph Haydn’s “Gypsy” trio XV:28 and AntonínDvořák’s “Dumky” trio. Violinist Julia Hunter will join cellist Diana Golden and pianist Yelena Beriyeva as the ensemble explores what the “Gypsy” and “Dumky” folk tunes of Haydn and Dvořák have in common with modern day wanderers, captives and Bohemians. 

In writing the “Dumky” trio, Dvořák put to music the epic ballads of captive Slavs. The soulful laments sung passionately by the violin, cello and piano have made this one of the most beloved masterpieces of the classical canon. Haydn’s “Gypsy” trio is also based on folk tunes of wanderers in Bohemia, but the upbeat tempo of the final presto highlights a more spirited, playful mood than the “Dumky” trio. Forthe Hungarian Rondo in the final movement of Haydn’s “Gypsy” trio, Haydn borrowed his melody from gypsy musicians, who played the theme to help Austrian army officials attract peasants to their recruiting posts. Haydn wrote several dozen piano trios, but the “Gypsy” trio stands out as one of Haydn’s most popular trios. 

Attracting exceptional and highly sought-after professional musicians with advanced degrees from the world’s top conservatories, Firebrand performs high-quality, innovative, educational, and fun chamber music concerts for the greater Boston area. Firebrand Concert Series is committed to honoring and celebrating the vibrant diversity of cultures in Malden through creative and varied programming with which audiences can identify. 

Audience members are welcome to join the artists for a free reception following the concert.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 via www.firebrandconcertseries.com or on the day of the concert at the door for $15. Family and group discounts are available at the door by e-mailing a request to firebrandconcertseries@gmail.com or by calling St. Paul’s Parish Office at (781) 324-9544 during regular business hours.

Firebrand Concert Series will presentone more concert this season--on April 20th at 7:30pm at the same venue--a performance of string quartets by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and a world premiere by Firebrand’s Composer in Residence Oliver Caplan. 

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