The Enchanted Garden, Summer 2021
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The Enchanted Garden – June 2021 Concert
Entering The Enchanted Garden, one was immediately transported to another world just steps away from the street. The stone path leading down the lane was cool, leafy and inviting as we checked in at the gate. String sounds floated in the air as the artists warmed up, and a light breeze wafted overhead.
Sparkling water and iced teas were available to all upon arrival to this musical oasis.
Seating was on the shaded grassy lawn in comfortable chairs.
A brief Welcome and then the music began with a rarely heard movement by Fanny Mendelssohn who endured gender constraints her entire life. The first notes sent shivers and there were many “good tears”, emblematic of so much time away from live music. Following up was the sultry tango ‘Oblivion’ by Astor Piazzolla and then the spiritual ‘Deep River’ by Samuel Coleridge Taylor. As each piece finished you could hear birds tweeting and the low gurgle of water from the rocky fountain nearby in this lush, musical garden.
Beethoven’s eloquent Quartet #3 in D from 1798 was the four-movement centerpiece of this program; a perfect achievement that was rich, chromatic and effortless, ending in a puff of smoke.
The final work ‘Strum’ was composed in 2006 by the violinist/composer Jessie Montgomery; full of pizzicato lines, some as complex as a Bartok quartet, bursts of banjo and fiddle music that demonstrated an insightful new-music perspective on cross cultural intersections of American history.
- Fanny Mendelssohn
- Astor Piazzolla
- Samuel Coleridge Taylor
- Jesse Montgomery
- David Felberg and Ruxandra Marquardt, violins
- Alice Norris, viola
- James Holland, cello
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