Ciompi Quartet: Myth-Makers, featuring Rachel Yonan, viola & Alex Ezerman, cello
Strauss: Sextet from "Capriccio"; Shulamit Ran: String Sextet, "Lyre of Orpheus"; Fauré: String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 121. Violist Rachel Yonan, co-founder of the Marinus Ensemble, and cellist Alex Ezerman, professor cello at UNC-Greensboro, join the Ciompi for an afternoon program of sparkling chamber music. The opening sextet of Strauss's 1942 opera "Capriccio" has been featured as a separate piece since the opera's premiere, notable for its nod to 18th-century chamber music through Strauss's uniquely rich harmonies. Shulamit Ran's "Lyre of Orpheus" features the two cellists in contraposition, one playing the role of the hero while the other tunes down to reach the depths of the underworld. Fauré's only string quartet was his last finished piece, an intimate and subtle portrait of musical freedom and interaction.