Emerging into Light

Thursday, June 24, 2021
The Grove Amphitheatre

Beethoven wrote these exuberant variations on Mozart’s transcendent opera, The Magic Flute, riffing on an aria that extolls the joys of marital bliss. With love comes loss, as evidenced by Smetana’s anguished piano trio, written following the devastating loss of his beloved 4-year-old daughter. This milestone of Romanticism is a tender elegy, and incorporates his daughter’s favorite melody. The light returns with the ebullient energy and distinctive sparkle of Mendelssohn’s extraordinary quintet.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Magic Flute Variations in E flat major for cello and piano
Sterling Elliott, cello
Roman Rabinovich, piano

Bedřich Smetana – Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
Yura Lee, violin
Julie Albers, cello
Roman Rabinovich, piano

Felix Mendelssohn – String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
Diana Cohen, violin
Nathan Meltzer, violin
Yura Lee, viola
Ayana Kozasa, viola
Sterling Elliott, cello

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