Duos, Dances & Divertimenti

Duos, Dances & Divertimenti

Natalie Gaynor


Past Event
$10 to $20

Location Info:

MATCH - Midtown Theater & Arts Center
3400 Main St.
Houston, TX  77002
Appreciate the musical contributions from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia in Duos, Dances & Divertimenti, the conductorless ensemble KINETIC’s third season opener. The program includes Olli Mustonen’s Sinuhe for Violin Orchestra, based on the life of Sinuhe, the personal physician at the court of Pharaoh Akhenaten in ancient Egypt; two sets of folk music inspired by travel – Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), inspired by a trip to the northern seacoast of Finland and the folk-fiddling music and characters he found in Samuel Rinda-Nickola's Album of Tunes, and Bela Bartok’s Romanian Dances, created from field recordings he collected in the early 1900s; and Bartok’s Divertimento for Strings, written over the course of 15 short days in 1939, shortly before Bartok left Hungary for the U.S. on the eve of war in October 1940. 5 p.m. Sunday. The MATCH, 3400 Main. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit kineticensemble.org. $10 to $20. [Organizer's description:] Houston's own conductorless orchestra, KINETIC, launches their third season with folk-inspired music from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Rautavaara’s Pelimannit (Fiddlers) and Bartok’s Romanian Dances are rustic miniatures based on Finnish and Romanian folk tunes, while Olli Mustonen’s Sinuhe for violin Orchestra tells the story of Sinuhe, the personal physician at the court of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Closing the program is Bartok’s Divertimento, a staple of the string orchestra repertoire, composed before Bartok left Hungary at the outbreak of the Second World War.
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