[ Faculty Artist Performance ]

Debussy: Enemies and Friends

Friday, July 27 •  8:00PM •  Music Shed

SAINT-SAËNS
DEBUSSY
CHAUSSON
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G Major, Op 168
String Quartet in g minor, Op 10
Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet

Debussy once said: “I have a horror of sentimentality and cannot forget that its name is Saint-Saëns.” On the other hand, Saint-Saëns said of Debussy: “He cultivated an absence of style, logic, and common sense.” You be the judge. Saint-Saëns’ bassoon sonata displays the traditional elegance that brought him into the A-list of late 19th century composers. Debussy’s only String Quartet is a masterwork with which he established an entirely new artistic direction in music, the ‘impressionist’ style. The Chausson concerto is a large-scale work for small forces (unique in chamber music repertoire) by one of Saint-Saëns’ friends, and an admirer and friend of Debussy — until they had a falling out, which didn’t seem to affect things too much as Debussy never ceased to admire Chausson’s music.

Frank Morelli  bassoon,  Melvin Chen  piano,
Weigang Li  violin,  with Fellows of the Norfolk Festival



Come Early for a Pre-Concert Conversation with Paul Berry
7:00PM •  Battell Recital Hall

Join us before the concert for an engaging and enlightening viewpoint on a musical topic related to this evening’s program.


Concert Tickets: $60 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 18-25), and Kids Come Free! (under 18)