7:30pm | May 17, 2019
Chapelwood United Methodist
11140 Greenbay St | map »

String Quartet in Bb Major,
Op. 76/4 "Sunrise"
Franz Joseph Haydn

Il Tramanto (The Sunset)
Ottorino Respighi
Monica Isomura, Soprano

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire
Jake Heggie
Elizabeth Tait, Soprano

Haydn's Op. 76 quartets, written late in his life, show the master's confident hand refined by a lifetime of study. The lyrical 'Sunrise' emerges slowly from the night before embarking on a quintessentially Haydn-esque adventure. The mood shifts from joy to sorrow with Respighi's 'Il Tramonto', an intensely emotional setting of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem about two lovers' deaths.

Opulence takes over in Jake Heggie's Belle Époque-inspired 'Camille Claudel: Into the Fire'. This elegant work for voice and quartet provides a glimpse into the life of the co-worker and lover of Auguste Rodin, framed in conversations with her own sculptures. Featuring sopranos Monica Isomura (Opera in the Heights) and Elizabeth Tait (Cantare Houston, Six of One), this concert is a perfect capstone to our third season!