Elizabeth Beilman on Schumann’s Fairy Tales

Elizabeth Beilman will be presenting Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder as part of Utah Viola Society’s Spring Recital. (In case you aren’t able to attend our exceptional program, you can see Elizabeth perform this work on March 5 for the NOVA Chamber Music Series.)

“I love that the Schumann is made up of four short movements with completely different characters, so it really challenges me to expand my musical color palette.

In particular, the second movement makes me think of a hunt on horseback. I’m trying to imitate the sound of horns heralding the start of the hunt.
My teacher, Don McInnes, always looked to singers for inspiration when it comes to tone color.  For me, the last movement of the Schumann makes me think of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s rich baritone voice.”

Emily on Rebecca

Utah Viola Society member Emily Barrett Brown will be performing Rebecca Clarke’s Shorter Pieces for Viola and Piano on Sunday’s Utah Viola Society Spring Recital. 

“I love playing pieces composed by a woman and violist–you get the complete package with Rebecca Clarke.
 I appreciate Rebecca Clarke’s unique perspective on a woman’s life portrayed in her short pieces–love songs, lullabies and whimsical period pieces.
 I love the rich texture, the sonorous use of the viola and expertly balanced piano parts!”

Join us to hear Emily showcase Rebecca Clarke on Sunday as part of the Utah Viola Society Spring Recital. 

Sunday, February 26, 3pm
Dumke Recital Hall, David Gardner Hall, University of Utah

Carl talks Bax

“I enjoy how the sonata starts, as though he was improvising in the garage with his British romantic rock band. 

The harmonies are beautifully exotic, with flourishes that lead you to unexpected but incredibly beautiful places. 
It has been a fun sonata to work on, trying to develop 4 different sounds: romantic, electric, declamatory, and the final muted section where I want something that an opera singer might do with her tenor.”
Utah Symphony Violist Carl Johansen will be performing the Sonata for Viola and Piano by Arnold Bax on Sunday, February 26 as part of the Utah Viola Society’s Spring Recital.
Join us Sunday, February 26 at 3pm.
Dumke Recital Hall, David Gardner Hall, University of Utah

Brad Ottesen on the Romance by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Utah Viola Society President and Fry Street Quartet Violist Brad Ottesen will be performing the Vaughan Williams Romance as part of the UVS Spring Recital.

“I love the note from English violist Bernard Shore in the score:

“There is no information about the approximate date on which this work was written.  The manuscript was discovered with others, without any clue, among the composer’s papers after his death.  All that can be said is that it was probably intended for the great virtuoso Lionel Tertis.”
How lucky we are to have this piece! How fortunate that Vaughan Williams gave us this parting gift to accompany the legacy of his other great works for the viola. The mystery of its origins seems appropriately reflected in the character of the music – elemental, simple yet profound, and achingly beautiful.”
Join us Sunday, February 26 at 3pm for the Utah Viola Society’s Spring Recital.
Dumke Recital Hall, David Gardner Hall, University of Utah

Scott Lewis, Paul Hindemith Sonata for Solo Viola (1937)

Scott Lewis on the Paul Hindemith Sonata for Solo Viola (1937):

“It was written by a composer who understands intimately the instrument for which he is writing.
Alfred Einstein encapsulated Hindemith’s relationship to his audience thus: ”He is unwilling to exploit his feelings publicly and he keeps his two feet on the ground. He merely writes music, the best that he can produce.” There is a refreshing lack of pretense and unnecessary drama. Its beauty, for me, lies in its combination of directness of character and multiple shadings of texture and thought, which always leaves me in appreciation of its stark beauty.”

Join us to hear Scott perform the starkly beautiful 1937 Solo Sonata as part of the Utah Viola Society’s Spring Recital.

Sunday, February 26, 3pm. Dumke Recital Hall, University of Utah.

UVS Spring Recital February 26

Dear Utah Violists!
The Utah Viola Society is pleased to announce our annual Spring Recital! This year’s recital offers a rich and diverse range of musical selections from Vaughan Williams to Schumann to Bax, performed by our rich and diverse performers ranging from Ottesen to Beilman to Johansen.  We’ll have a trio that covers the range from bass to piccolo, and music that covers the emotional range from molto tranquillo to brutalmente.

Please join us Sunday, February 26 at 3pm at The University Of Utah School of Music, Dumke Recital Hall.

Brad Ottesen – Vaughan Williams Romance 
Scott Lewis – Hindemith 1937 Sonata
Carl Johansen – Bax Sonata
Emily Brown – Short Pieces by Rebecca Clarke 
Elizabeth Beilmann – Schumann Märchenbilder 
Edwards/Valovick Moore/Yavornitzky- Schulhoff Concertino

Who’s bringing the cookies?!?

In Recital: Elizabeth Beilman

Dear Utah Violists!
Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to see Utah Symphony Viola Section member Elizabeth Beilman in recital! She will be performing works by Clarke, Britten, Schumann, and Sarasate.

Saturday, January 28 at the Marmalade Library, 280 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, 12:30 pm


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