From SSO member and violist Meme Pittman, on yesterday’s rehearsal:
I just spent a delightful couple of hours this afternoon rehearsing for the SSO Classical Breakfast. We buddies in “Women of Note” are preparing some Haydn and Mozart string quartets for your enjoyment, and ours. It is fun getting reacquainted with these old musical friends.. the quartets, I mean…. because both Haydn and Mozart have a sense of humor in their writing. With Haydn, especially, I almost have the feeling that he’s looking down from his perch and laughing and saying “gotcha” at whichever of us he can trip with one of his rhythm tricks and applauding when we get it right. For me, many of his minuets are just plain funny, even if he isn’t calling them “scherzo”.
In addition to string quartets, we’re bringing along a couple of works for bassoon. Ed Marschilok will be joining us for some delightful English Folk Songs and a virtuosic Andante and Hungarian Rondo by Karl Maria von Weber. We have rehearsed with Ed and really enjoyed his wonderful sound and solid leadership. And we’ll seen him again to put the final touches on his selections. In orchestra rehearsals there really isn’t much chance to make friends in other sections, but preparing quintets is a pleasure and will let us get to know each other. What could be better than that?
Thanks to the folks at Glen Eddy on Consaul Road for allowing “Women of Note” rehearsal space to prepare for their performance at the upcoming Classical Breakfast.
This beloved event is scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at River Stone Manor in Scotia, from 9:30-11:30 am and features a continental breakfast along with the strains of classical (and sometimes more contemporary) music from the members of this string quartet: Cathy Barber, violin; Barbara Brothers, violin; Meme Pittman, viola and Cathie-Jo Brun, cello.
Tickets are $20 per person and reservations are suggested – space is limited.