Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster’s chamber-music program to explore film composers

Posted on: November 27, 2017

Frankly Music, a four-concert annual series created by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond, will explore “the serious side of composers known for their contribution to movie scores in a ‘Movie Night’ concert this Monday evening,” writes Michael Barndt in Friday’s (11/24) Urban Milwaukee. “The concert features film composers Erich Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, and John Williams…. Almond … will be joined on violin by Ilana Setapen, associate concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Violist Nicholas Cords, soloist and contributor to Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and cellist Julian Schwarz, an accomplished soloist and chamber performer, complete a string quartet. Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki completes the quintet…. Almond has scheduled works by Korngold before he came to Hollywood in 1935. Korngold’s Viel Lärmen um Nichts (‘Much Ado about Nothing’), Op. 11, a four movement suite for violin and piano (1918-1919), was written in Vienna at age 21 … [and the three-movement] Piano Quintet in E major, Opus 15 (1921-22) drew upon his success with lieder and opera.” Also on the program are Herrmann’s Echoes, for string quartet (1965), and the theme from John Williams’s Schindler’s List.

Posted November 27, 2017