Caspian Monday Music

23aug6:00 pm7:15 pmCaspian Monday Music"American Journeys" - Chamber Music


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Adults $23, Seniors $20, Students $10, Under 18 Free


(Monday) 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Event Details

Friends: Due to potential Covid exposure among staff and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the performances of the Vermont Comedy Divas, and Dwight & Nicole this weekend.  If you have tickets to these shows, we will be in touch about refunds or rescheduling. The HCA Cafe and Gallery will also be closed this weekend. We expect to open for routine operations shortly. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Bar and Lawn open – 5:00 PM
Concert begins – 6:00 PM

Bernhard Crusell – Divertimento for oboe and strings, Op.9 
Bohuslav Martinů – Three Madrigals for Violin and ViolaJ
essie Montgomery – Voodoo Dolls for string quartet
Antonin Dvořák: Quintet in E flat major for Strings, Op. 97, “The American”


Igor Leschyshyn, oboe
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin
Sean Wang, violin
Melissa Reardon, viola
Jessica Thompson, viola
Gregory Beaver, cello

Synopsis: In this concert, Caspian Monday Music wanted to showcase music by American composers such as the New York based composer Jessie Montgomery,  as well as music by composers that were influenced and inspired by American culture.

Antonin Dvorak spent many years in America, and he wrote several pieces under the impression of his encounters with the American spirituals. Some of these masterworks include the New World Symphony and the “American” String Quartet. In fact, the Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 has also been dubbed “The American.” Dvorak composed this piece in 1893 when he spent the summer in Spillville, Iowa. The piece was composed directly after the “American” String Quartet and completed in just over one month. The quintet finely captures Dvorak’s Bohemian idiom with inspirations from America.

Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu came to America to work at the Tanglewood Music Center. He emigrated to the United States in 1941, fleeing the German invasion of France. His six symphonies were performed by major U.S. orchestras. He also composed this duo for violin and viola while in the states. The piece acts as an homage to the well-known violin and viola duo by Mozart.

The charming quartet by Crusell spotlights Igor Leschyshyn, the principal oboist of the Kennedy Center.

The all-star cast includes names that are new to Caspian Mondays, but household names in the North-American world of chamber music:

Violist Jessica Thompson from Daedallus Quartet Violist Melissa Reardon, Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival, who will be coming to Vermont directly from finishing up the Festival in Maine with her husband, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and their son, Linus.Violinist, violist and conductor, Sean WangFounding member of the Chiara Quartet, Gregory Beaver

Events are weather permitting. Check back here or on social media on the day for a final notice for rain calls. 


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