So violist Sandra Groce and clarinetist Bob Turizziani from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra are going to have it out: viola versus clarinet, in what they’re calling a classical cage match.
Pianist Vicki Cavendish will accompany them and help keep the peace, while I’ll be calling the match as the concert narrator. Of course, I may have my biases.
It’s a silly and fun concept for a concert, but the music is going to be seriously good, with works by Debussy, Brahms, Enesco, Bruch, and Beethoven.
If you’re looking for the classical side of FestiVALL or just a good clean fight, check out our concert Wednesday night at 7pm at the Christ Church United Methodist Church in Charleston.
The WV Symphony Orchestra blog has a post about the concert: "Cage Match Tonight."
Update: I had so much fun at the concert last night! I hope that all who attended did too. Sandra, Bob, and Vicki all played beautifully. We didn't have a program for the concert; it was all announced from the stage. Want to hear the pieces that were played again or find more viola and clarinet music? Here are the titles, with links to some good recordings:
Round 1: The Showy Concertpiece
Viola: Enesco, Concertpiece
Clarinet: Debussy, Rhapsodie (with orchestra or with piano)
Round 2: The Romantic Sonata
Brahms, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Brahms, Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Round 3: Jokes
Instrument Jokes Web site
Round 4: Collaboration
Bruch, Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano
Round 5: The Grand Finale
Schumann, Fairy Tale Stories
Beethoven, Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
Other viola and clarinet pieces mentioned: