This weekend Da Camera presents the Montrose Trio and clarinetist Richie Hawley with the Houston premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Street Antiphons, a work that features a quartet of four instruments: clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. “It’s great! We’re completely skipping the twentieth century to something more modern, isn’t that awesome?” says pianist Jon Kimura Parker about the premiere. Jalbert describes the piece as a “duality between many things,” “street” referring to a more modern, secular style of music, and “antiphon” referring to an old form of religious music used in Medieval Gregorian chant. The final movement even features an old chant melody and subsequent variations that grow in complexity (as well as difficulty, according to Parker).
Also on the program are Franz Joseph Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Hob. XV:28, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, the latter of which Parker suggests is more like a triple concerto, a work for “three solo instruments battling it out,” in his words. The event takes place this Friday, January 29th at 8 PM at the Wortham Center. More information about the concert and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.
[Music used in this interview performed by Harumi Rhodes, violin, Clancy Newman, cello, Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet, and Max Levinson, piano, part of the Boston Chamber Music Society.]