Some of Chamber Music’s Most Engaging Pieces Kick Off the Symphony’s 58th Season

A tribute concert to Autumn opens the 2018-2019 Lethbridge Symphony concert season, as their resident professional string quartet, Musaeus, presents Extra A – Fall in Strings on Friday, September 21, 2018 – 7:30 PM at Casa. The event, which includes a cash bar inside the venue, and an Afterglow reception giving the audience an opportunity to interact with the performers, is presented in partnership with LA Chefs.

Featured on the program is Joseph Haydn’s string quartet nicknamed The Lark, which he composed later in life, while in London, England. Most famously heard in Star Trek: Insurrection, and more recently in The Man in the High Castle and Mozart in the Jungle, the piece helped launch Haydn to fame across Europe, as it showcased his inventiveness.

“It sounds like it’s great fun to play,” comments executive director Melanie Gattiker. “Haydn wrote this on his first trip abroad in decades, and I think his enthusiasm for new experiences comes through.” It’s an appropriate choice, along with Mendelssohn’s first published string quartet (heavily influenced by the composer’s love of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), since this marks the debut of new violist Gabriel Kastelic with Musaeus. “It will be an evening of firsts and excitement, and the quartets – both written and human – reflect that.”

The two quartets bookend a gem arranged for small chamber ensemble: the Autumn concerto of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, performed along with guests Isabelle Robinson (violin) and Mary Lee Voort (keyboard). “I’m so excited for this piece, and not only because I love Vivaldi,” notes Gattiker. “Our soloist is thirteen-year-old Isabelle Robinson from right here in Lethbridge, and she is truly a rising star!”

Having earned two gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music and been awarded second place in the Canadian Music Competition, Robinson is a rare talent. The Autumn concerto is also a teaser of the Symphony’s season closer in May, at which Isabelle will perform the entire work with the orchestra. “Again, with the bookend theme!” remarks Gattiker with a laugh.

Tickets for Fall into Strings are $35, and are available any time online or Monday through Friday, 1 – 5 PM by calling 403.328.6808 x 101. Both Curated and Compose Your Own Subscription packages are still available. Audience members aged 13 – 29 can sign up for Access Pass and receive further discounts, while those 12 and under who are accompanied by a paying adult may take advantage of the Children’s Pass discount program.