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Classical Music

Encore Houston, Episode 13: St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society

Musicians from the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society perform three works for string octet.



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Musicians from the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society

On this episode of Encore Houston, the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society performs three “Rare and Wonderful Octets” from their concert in November of last year. The program begins with an early 1920s work that Shostakovich considered his foray into becoming a more modernist composer. Following that, a piece by Max Bruch from the same time period that is decidedly not modernist, with more of a lean towards nineteenth century romanticism. The concert concludes with Felix Mendelssohn’s octet that, despite being a chamber piece, he conceived of having an almost symphonic quality.

  • DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH, Prelude, Op. 11
  • MAX BRUCH, Octet
  • FELIX MENDELSSOHN, Octet in E-flat major
  • Performance date: 11/15/2016
  • Originally aired: 4/1/2016


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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