Early Promise: 2018-2019 Season
For our third year in existence and 2nd full season, La Speranza is featuring works that highlight the composer’s or genre’s potential. Join us and discover the promise of greatness from the works of famous and forgotten composers alike!
Thanks to your support, we brought Houston an unforgettable 2017-2018 season. (https://la-speranza.com/2018/06/12/2017-2018-season-recap/)
We have no doubt that this season will also be a wonderful success!
This year, our season budget is $19,775. Your generous donations will cover musician fees, harpsichord/fortepiano moving costs, and travel expenses.
Like we did last season, we'll also visit local community centers to give free previews of our concerts. Performances will be held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Midtown (with the possibility of the June concert being held at the MATCH). We are so grateful for this partnership this year!
Friday October 12, 2018, 7:30 PM
Mozart: Trio in E flat Major, K 498 “Kegelstatt”
J. C. Bach: Piano Quartet in G Major, WB 66
Mozart/Schwencke: Grand Quintetto (‘Gran Partita’)
Mozart’s Serenade no. 10 in B flat major (Gran Partita) was a groundbreaking work, drastically expanding the boundaries of wind band music. Arranged for piano quintet by Mozart’s contemporary, this masterpiece closes the program that includes the first piece ever written for clarinet, viola, and piano. Featuring: Dr. Mario Aschauer, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Sam Houston State University, on fortepiano.
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30 pm
Fasch: Concerto for Flute, Oboe, strings and basso continuo in G Major
Farina: Capriccio Stravagante
Graupner: Overture in B flat major for chalumeau and strings, GWV 484
Telemann: “Grillen-Symphonie” TWV 50:1
Join us as we examine some of the earliest surviving examples of imitation in music of other sounds and how they influenced later works by other composers. In Carlo Farina’s Capriccio Stravagante, the strings imitate chickens, cats, dogs, trumpets, and guitars, among others! At the end of the program, you’ll hear listen to crickets chirping— in Telemann’s “Cricket” Symphony! The Fasch concerto and Graupner overture showcase the virtuosic capabilities of La Speranza’s woodwind musicians. Andrew Schneider returns on harpsichord. (Image credit: Unknown)
Friday, March 22, 2019, 7:30 pm
Johann Nepomuk Fuchs: Trio for clarinet, viola, cello in D major
Mozart: String Quartet no. 1 in G Major
Richter: String Quartet B flat major Op. 5 no. 2
Backofen: Quintet for basset horn and strings in F Major
This program juxtaposes the early quartets of Mozart and the recently rediscovered Franz Xaver Richter. Fuchs, a little known Classical-era composer (not to be confused with the Romantic composer with the same name) writes charmingly for the unusual combination of clarinet, viola, and cello, and the performance is rounded out by one of the more demanding pieces of chamber music for basset horn.
Friday June 7, 2019, 7:30 pm
Schubert String Quartet no. 6 in D Major, D74
Schubert: Erlkonig arr. for string quartet by Eugene Gruenberg
Schumann: Abendlied arr. for clarinet and string quartet by Feruccio Busoni
Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34
Our season finale features the venture into art song in the early Romantic era with works by three of the period’s most influential composers. In a quartet that Franz Schubert wrote when he was 16, listen for the hints of the expertly written art songs to follow, such as the famous “Erlkonig”. This not-to-miss concert closes with the stunning virtuosity showcased in Carl Maria von Weber’s Quintet for clarinet and strings.