Encore Houston

Encore Houston, Episode 71: St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society

The St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society performs music by Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann.

Composers Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms
(L) Robert and Clara Schumann, (R) Johannes Brahms


On this week’s episode of Encore Houston, the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society presents a sort of musical love triangle with music by Johannes Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann. History suggests that Brahms harbored feelings for Clara, though the two of them never officially got together, even after Robert’s death. This combination of two concerts features one work by each composer.

Music in this episode:

  • JOHANNES BRAHMS, Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major
    • Anton Miller and Sophia Silivos, violins
    • Rita Porfiris and James Dunham, violas
    • Louis-Marie Fardet and Barrett Sills, cellos
  • CLARA SCHUMANN, Three Romances for violin and piano
    • Sophia Silivos, violin
    • Rodney Waters, piano
  • ROBERT SCHUMANN, Piano Quartet in E-flat major
    • Sophia Silivos, violin
    • Joan DerHovsepian, viola
    • Barrett Sills, cello
    • Rodney Waters, piano
  • Performance date: 10/10/17 and 1/30/18
  • Originally aired: 7/14/18

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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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 HPM 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 for Houston...

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