Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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Music on the Hill "Accordo"

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
170 Good Counsel Drive
Music on the Hill
Samuel Barber
Dover Beach Op. 3
Ottorino Respighi
Il Tramonto for voice and string quartet
Antonin Dvorak
Viola Quintet in E Flat, Op. 97


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Our eighth season opens with Barber's "Dover Beach", a setting of a poem of the same name by Matthew Arnold. Barber wrote this piece when he was just 21 years old. It continues with "Il Tramoto" (The Sunset) by Italian Violinist Ottorino Resphigi. The program concludes with Dvorak's Viola Quintet in E flat, which was written during his time in Spillville, Iowa in 1893. Dvorak spent just one summer there and composed "Viola Quintet in E Flat" as well as his "American Quartet".

Accordo is a string ensemble comprised of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. The group has been named "Best Chamber Ensemble" by the Minnesapolis Star Tribune and "the dream team of chamber music" by Minnesota Monthy. Accordo has been performing since 2008 to consistenly well sold and enthusiastic audiences. Accordo is composed of Steven Copes, Concertmaster of the SPCO; Ruggero Allifranchini, Associate Concertmaster of the SPCO; Maiya Papach, Principal VIola of the SPCO; Rebecca Albers, Assistant Principal Viola with the Minnesota Orchestra; Ronald Thomas, Former Principal Cellist of the SPCO; and special guest Adriana Zabala, Mezzo Soprano.

This dynamic group will bring an unforgettable performance to the chapel that you will not want to miss!  

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