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Chamber Series Begins Season

Mankato Symphony Orchestra

Music on the Hill is an up close and personal chamber music experience held in the Chapel at Good Counsel. These intimate concerts feature small ensembles of 2-6 players. The music is a mix of beloved classics and new works, many of which cannot be heard anywhere else. Audience members particularly like the way the performers are projected onto a large screen so facial expressions and fingerings can be seen. The first concert of the season, titled “Looking Glass,” will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2 pm. The name of the concert refers to the way the music reflects another composer, another era, or causes the listener to reflect on their own experiences.

The seventh season opens with Mozart’s famous string quartet no. 17, nicknamed “The Hunt” for the way its opening melody reminds people of a horn call. A popular choice for film scores, listeners will likely recognize this exciting work which Mozart composed in honor of his teacher. The new music featured at this performance is a short piece by American composer Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Her quartet, Ent’racte, was inspired by a Haydn string quartet, evidenced by the Baroque chains, but the contemporary elements evoke an Alice Through the Looking Glass setting with the piece straddling two different centuries. The program concludes with Schubert’s testament to death, his epic string quartet, “Death and the Maiden.”

A string quartet of four extraordinarily gifted chamber musicians will perform this concert. St. Olaf professor Francesca Anderegg. Since her last Music on the Hill performance, Anderegg has performed recitals and solo performances throughout the U.S. and South America, and has recorded and released a new solo CD titled “Wild Cities.” College Professor, Thomas Rosenberg wowed Music on the Hill audiences last season with his sensitive and nuanced playing. Newcomer David Leung performs regularly throughout the U.S., China, and Africa and recently assumed the position of Orchestra Director at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. Music on the Hill founder Lydia Miller Choorapuzha rounds out the quartet. This dynamic group will bring an unforgettable performance to the chapel! 

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