The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival
with the Carmel Bach Festival and the Italian Cultural Institute present
"Italian Chamber Music - Vivaldi's Four Seasons"
This program is a unique collaboration between organizations. San Francisco's Italian Cultural Institute is again showing their increased range of programming, this being their second partnership with the Trinity Alps Chamber Players. The Carmel Bach Festival, long an established presenter of classical and baroque programs in Monterey County, here reaches out to Bay Area audiences in anticipation of its summer concerts featuring “Bach and the Italians”.
Held at the elegant Century Club of California, this event is an opportunity to experience one of San Francisco's greatest venues for chamber music. Something of an undiscovered gem, this splendid Edwardian mansion features a Julia Morgan-designed ballroom, with a top quality Steinway D on stage and excellent acoustics.
The program will cover a broad spectrum of Italian classical music, highlighting Vivaldi's baroque masterpiece “The Four Seasons”, written as a colorful and virtuoso concerto for violin. It shows Vivaldi in his most imaginative of moods, with music that describes the dances of spring, the storms and heat of summer, the drunken autumn festivals, and the snowflakes of winter.
The first half of the program is an interesting window into three composers who are primarily known not for chamber music, but for their contributions to other genres. Ottorino Respighi, best known for his lush orchestral scores, is represented by a little-known gem, the Notturno from his Six Pieces for solo piano. Known primarily for his operas and librettos, Gian Carlo Menotti's witty and playful Clarinet Trio shows the composer at home in the more intimate medium of chamber music. The master of classical Italian opera, Gioachino Rossini, contributes one of his two great virtuoso clarinet works, the Fantasie for Clarinet and Piano.
Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival
Trinity County, CA