"La Vie Parisienne" Subscription
For our 45th season we travel west from our time in Vienna to explore French composers and their influence on the world. This season features an amazing array of musical signatures, ranging from some of the best-known works of Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc, to innovative voices like Tailleferre, Farrenc, and Damase.
From an intimate Mozart violin sonata, written as he travelled from Vienna to Paris, to the splashy attitude of the Francaix Octet, we showcase the incredible richness of French music through The Musical Offering's wonderfully eclectic ensemble. Our unique combination of musicians allows us to bring both famous and rarely heard masterpieces to you this season.
Continuing Musical Offering's tradition of combining music and cuisine, in February we present Salon Parisien, a celebration of wonderful French music, food, and wine in an atmosphere of camaraderie and conversation.
All concerts are held on Sundays at Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University at 3:00pm. Subscribers enjoy a $25 dollar discount on their tickets, and will be the first to access live recordings of this and previous seasons as they become available. All seats general admission.
As a thank you to our season subscribers, this year each subscription package includes three flex tickets which can be used in any combination at our 9/27, 11/22, and 5/8/16 concerts. These vouchers will be included in your season tickets at will-call on 9/27, or mailed to you if you don't make the first concert. This is a great way to bring friends and family to concerts - a $75 value!
Season 45 dates and information available online at www.musicaloffering.org, including full program information.
The Musical Offering's 45th season:
September 27th, 2015
We begin our trip to Paris on the road with Mozart: this lyrical violin sonata was written as he travelled on tour from Vienna to Paris. We continue with Faure's only string quartet, the last piece he wrote at the end of his life. It is atmospheric, deep, and soothing, a truly glorious work. Finally, we present Parisian composer Adolphe Blanc's Septet, inspired by the Beethoven Septet but turning toward the full Romanticism of his contemporary Johannes Brahms.
November 22nd, 2015
The delightful and melodious Poulenc Flute Sonata starts off our second program of the season. Following on its heels is the Lalliet Terzetto for oboe, bassoon, and piano and draws on the beautiful melodic traditions of bel canto opera. The bubbly, sunny Ibert will charm you with its frothy humor, and we close the concert in style with Francaix's witty 20th century Octet, whose mixed wind and string instrumentation was inspired by Schubert's monumental (and very Viennese) Octet.
February 21st, 2016: "Salon Parisien" ($50 All-Inclusive)
This all-inclusive food and wine event is accompanied by delectable appetizers, a variety of refreshments, and a desserts reception with the musicians. Debussy's landmark Sonata for flute, viola, and harp brings us into the lush world of Impressionism in music, and Ravel's profoundly moving Piano Trio combines Impressionistic harmony and Romantic virtuosity in thrilling ways. In between, we feature two contrasting works: the colorful, effervescent Damase wind quintet and the mournful Poulenc Élégie, written in 1958 in memory of the horn virtuoso Dennis Brain.
May 8th, 2016
In honor of Mother's Day, we present music by two wonderful French women composers! Germaine Tailleferre's light and breezy Sonate Champêtre draws on melodies from one of her own comic operas, and Louise Farrenc's virtuosic and rich Trio for violin, cello, and piano goes right to the heart of 19th century Romanticism. Completing our season will be a performance of Debussy's remarkable String Quartet.
The Musical Offering's ensemble is composed of top-tier professional musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota's top University Schools of Music: Celine Leathead, violin; Gareth Zehngut, viola; Jim Jacobson, cello; Jane Garvin, flute; John Snow, oboe; David Pharris, clarinet; Caroline Lemen horn; *Norbert Nielubowski, bassoon; and *Susan Billmeyer, piano.
Sundin Music Hall - Hamline University (View)
1531 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104