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Music is not a sport
9 Oct 2010
Jack Fishman

San Antonio is about to witness a rare head-to-head repertoire face-off. Is this the musical equivalent of Bobby Flay's Food Network show, Throwdown? Or is this the Brahms version of Iron Chef America?

One team just got nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards (Team October 17) and one team has big name players from NYC (Team October 10, i.e. the NY Yankees.) One team (Team October 10) is pairing their secret ingredient piece with side dishes that are traditional favorites and which, while not offending anyone, certainly won't challenge the palette. Team October 17 is pairing the secret ingredient piece with unusual flavors from Australia and a rare Argentina/Boston combo plate. YUM!

If you don't watch the Food Network, you have no idea what I'm talking about. Sorry. This analogy is about the rare opportunity to hear one of the great masterworks of the chamber music repertoire played in San Antonio twice within one week...by two different groups of fantastic professional musicians.

On Sunday, October 10 at 3:15 p.m at Temple Beth-El, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will play the great Brahms Quintet in B minor, Opus 115.

On Sunday, October 17 at 3 p.m. at Travis Park United Methodist Church, Camerata San Antonio will play the great Brahms Quintet in B minor, Opus 115.

Is this a bad thing? I don't think so.

What will be the difference? (Okay, smarty-pants, the difference is one week, minus fifteen minutes.) The substantive difference will be INTERPRETATION. This is not a sporting event about technical perfection. The Yankees won't outplay the local team. But, the performances will be different. It's a chance to think about the performer's role vs. the role of the composer. How much of what you enjoy is because of Brahms and how much of the fun is the hands of the performer?

I highly recommend attending both concerts. Don't listen to see who "wins." There won't be any way to evaluate the technical differences between the concerts, except for the rare expert listener. But, there may be a difference in how each Team makes you feel while you listen. And isn't that the point of music?

Or, as they say on Iron Chef America, "Which cuisine will reign supreme in Battle Brahms?"

TEAM OCTOBER 10: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Ani Kavafian & Ida Kavafian, violins
Paul Neubauer, viola
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
David Shifrin, clarinet

TEAM OCTOBER 17: Camerata San Antonio
Sayaka Okada & Matthew Zerweck, violins
Emily Freudigman, viola
Ken Freudigman, cello
Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is presented by the San Antonio Chamber Music Society. It's the first concert of their 2010-2011 season. For both performances, tickets are just $20.

P.S. The Symphony repeats its first Classics concert of the season at the Majestic Theatre Saturday night (10/9 at 8 p.m.) The program includes the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 and Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2 (one of my favorites.) It was a wonderful performance last night. For information visit sasymphony.org.

SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 5
The San Antonio Symphony is hosting a fund raiser featuring world renowned jeweler Konstantino at Neiman Marcus at The Shops at La Cantera from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, November 5, 2010. If you attend, you will have a chance to meet Konstantino, and to preview and purchase from his exclusive collection before the store opens. For information or to RSVP please call (210) 554-1052.

Jack Fishman
www.sasymphony.org
Email: fishmanj@sasymphony.org
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Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Seiber: Serenade for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns
Music for Viola and Gypsy Band
Bolcom: Afternoon Cakewalk
Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Piazzolla: La muerte del Angel
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, FP 184
Martinu: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H 356
Hindemith: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (5) for Clarinet and Piano
Debussy: Two pieces from Children's Corner arr. for clarinet and piano by David Schiff
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio from La Clemenza di Tito
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a) "Gran Partita"
Weber: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34
Weber: Variations (7) for Clarinet and Piano from "Silvana," J 128/Op 33
Weber: Grand Duo concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, J 204/Op. 48
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 (The Shepherd on the Rock)
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Strauss: Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, AV 147
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Rogerson: Constellations
Bunch: Ralph's Old Records for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and PIano
Schickele: Serenade for Three
Schickele: Clarinet Quintet "Spring Ahead"
Shulman: Rendezvous
Etler: Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble
Mozart: Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, K. 375
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
Bruch: Eight Pieces for viola, clarinet, and piano, Op. 83
Davidovsky: Septet for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Jalbert: Street Antiphons
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat