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Chamber music masterpieces from the dawn and dusk of Brahms’s long career. The String Sextet No.1, written at 27, is an utterly confident work reveling in the rich sonorities of two cellos, two violas, and two violins. In the Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, written post-retirement and inspired by the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, the music muses over itself as a life lived, ending enigmatically at its own beginning.
A pre-concert discussion with OSL Clarinetist Jon Manasse will introduce the range of Brahms’s style that you will hear on the program, as well as the singular influence a performer can have on a musical artist, as was the case with the creation of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet.
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
BRAHMS - Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
BRAHMS - String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18
Orchestra of St. Luke’s grew out of a versatile chamber ensemble that began performing concerts in 1974 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Today, Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs approximately 80 concerts each year at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, while keeping the intimacy of chamber music at the heart of its diverse musical programs. OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, which provides rehearsal, recording, and performance space for more than 30,000 musicians annually; hosts free concerts and events for over 10,000 New York City students and families; and provides after-school instrumental instruction for the 125+ members of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Student tickets are available for this performance. Please call the Box Office at 212 501 3330 or visit in person for more information.