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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dan Welcher

We’re delighted to be performing Dan Welcher’s Mill Songs for oboe and bassoon this coming weekend. We invite you to check out his website for more on his varied and interesting work.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chameleon performs works by Dan Welcher, Hanns Eisler, Dominick Argento, and Franz Schubert THIS Saturday

This Saturday, join us for an invigorating program of music inspired by water and its sounds, including a rarely-heard seminal work by the brilliant German exile Hanns Eisler, one of the first victims of the Hollywood blacklist.

like woven sounds of streams
Saturday, March 28, 2009, 8 PM
Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston

Dan Welcher, Mill Songs: Four Metamorphoses after Schubert for oboe & bassoon
Hanns Eisler, Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain for flute, clarinet, string trio & piano
Dominick Argento, To Be Sung Upon the Water for soprano, clarinet & piano
Franz Schubert, Quintet in A Major for piano & strings, Op. 114 “The Trout”

$38, $28, $18; $5 off for students and seniors

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by phone (617-427-8200). There will be a limited number available at the door.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Hanns Eisler

This Saturday, March 28, Chameleon will be performing Hann Eisler’s Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain for flute, clarinet, string trio, and piano.

Eisler’s story is fascinating. A wounded veteran of the First World War, Eisler studied with Schoenberg and Webern between 1919 and 1923 in Vienna. A lifelong communist and close friend and collaborator of Bertolt Brecht, Eisler was forced into exile in the United States by Hitler’s Third Reich. He was subsequently deported as one the first victims of the Hollywood blacklist and lived out his life in East Germany. Eisler’s music ranges from strictly avant-garde 12-tone technique to clearly diatonic text-setting that perfectly served the Socialist messages of his vocal works. Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain is a highly expressive example of the former and one of his rare pieces of chamber music, composed in 1941 in the United States to accompany Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens’ 1929 experimental film Regen. It was dedicated to his teacher Arnold Schoenberg, premiered at his 70th birthday celebration and labeled Opus 70 despite the fact that Eisler had long since stopped numbering his works.

Read more about Hanns Eisler at

Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler, and director Slatan Dudow

Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler, and director Slatan Dudow

Bertolt Brecht (sitting), Hanns Eisler (left) and director Slatan Dudow planning the 1930 movie Kuhle Wampe—set in Berlin during the last crisis years of the Weimar Republic. The film was an early test of Eisler’s theories about the function of music in the then-new technology of sound films. Photo © Stiftung Archiv, Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chameleons Wear Red Sneakers

Catch Chameleons Joanna Kurkowicz, violin and Scott Woolweaver, viola in concert with Composers in Red Sneakers on Saturday March 21. The program entitled “Tarantella Two-Step: An American Italian Dance Off” features premieres of dances by Sneakers members and composers from Dal Suono Sommerso, Italy.

Tarantella Two-Step: An American Italian Dance Off
Saturday, March 21st, 2009, 8:00pm

Cove Fine Arts Center, Eastern Nazarene College
23 Elm Avenue
Quincy, MA 02170

Philipp Staeudlin, saxophone
Joanna Kurkowicz, violin
Scott Woolweaver, viola
Joshua Gordon, cello

Tickets: $5 for students and SCI members; $10 for general admission.

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