Rich Capparela Returns for Chamber Music Pre-Concert Talks

3 08 2012

This year, we’re happy to welcome back Rich Capperela of KUSC radio. Rich returns to host pre-concert talks prior to the Faculty Chamber Music Concerts beginning at 7:30 pm in Stephens Recital Hall followed by a concert at 8:00 pm on Monday, August 6, Friday, August 10 and Thursday August 16.
As the weekday afternoon host (4-7pm) and Sunday afternoon host (1-4pm) on KUSC at 91.5 FM and, in Palm Springs on KPSC at 88.5 FM, Rich brings his thoughtful and articulate perspective to help the audience appreciate the works even more.

The Chamber Music Festival returns this after a two-year hiatus. Begun originally in 2001 the Festival continue until 2009. With renewed commitment, Idyllwild Arts Summer Program is reintroducing the Festival and its performances by both students and faculty to the public. Rich has always been a part of the Chamber Music Festival and it’s wonderful to have him back.

Q. What do you see as the best experience of coming to hear a Chamber Music Concert?
A. My wife Marcia and I like to kid around that when we’re on the hill we always have a terrific appetite. The food just tastes better. “It’s the altitude” we half joke. It’s a bit like that for the chamber music festival. A Beethoven piano trio sounds all well and fine at sea level, but on the hill, with a star-filled sky and the scent of fresh pine, it’s simply better. No worries about a traffic jam in the parking garage at the concert’s end, the promise of a quiet night’s sleep. Yup. It’s just better.

Q.For a novice, what sort of guidelines would you give to an audience member? What can they expect to hear?
A. The faculty musicians put together programs that serve both as a cozy familiar experience and as a chance to make new friends. While names like Mozart and Brahms are not uncommon, the performers also introduce audiences to composers who are off the beaten path (but no less deserving) – folks like Bohuslav Martinu, Josef Suk and Anton Arensky.

Q. What else should the audience expect from attending the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Chamber Music Concerts?
A. The quality of performance is as good as listeners will get anywhere. Several of the musicians have thriving film music careers and have been heard in literally thousands of film scores. So not only are they proficient at their instruments, they are uncannily able to communicate with their instruments. In other words, they are the best of the best.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the pre-concert chat I give from 7 until 7:30. I use excerpts of the pieces to give the listener guideposts and context. I don’t go too far under the hood, preferring instead to concentrate on the human aspects of this music rather than the technical. These pieces are intended to evoke within us an emotional reaction. That’s my focus. I can also say without hesitation that people should plan on getting to the hall early – the pre-concerts are very well attended.

The performances are free and open to the public are held in Stephens Recital Hall on the campus of Idyllwild Arts.

Idyllwild 2012 Summer Chamber Music Concerts

Concert No. 1 – Monday, Aug. 6

I. Ludwig van Beethoven- Trio in D major, Op. 70, N0.1 (“Ghost”) for Piano, Violin, and Cello

Pacific Trio

Edith Orloff, piano

Roger Wilkie, violin

John Walz, cello

II. Bohuslav Martinu – Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano

John Walz, cello

Edith Orloff, piano

Intermisssion

III. Maurice Ravel – Sonata for Violin and Cello

Connie Kupka, violin

David Speltz, cello

IV. Peter Schickele – Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano

David Peck, clarinet

Connie Kupka, violin

David Speltz, cello

Edith Orloff, piano

Concert No.2 – Friday, August 10

I. Josef Suk – Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17

Roger Wilkie, violin

Edith Orloff, piano

II. Anton Arensky – String Quartet in A minor, Op. 35 for Violin, Viola,
And Two Cellos
Roger Wilkie, violin

Connie Kupka, viola

John Walz, cello

David Speltz, cello

Intermission

III. Felix Mendelssohn-Trio in D minor, Op.49, for Piano, Violin, and Cello

Pacific Trio

Edith Orloff, piano

Roger Wilkie, violin

John Walz, cello

Concert No. 3 – Thursday, August 16 – All-Brahms program

I. Johannes Brahms – Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello

David Peck, clarinet

Roger Wilkie, violin

Sam Fisher, violin

Connie Kupka, viola

John Walz, cello

Intermission

II. Johannes Brahms – Quartet in A major, Op. 26 for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello

Edith Orloff, piano

Connie Kupka, violin

Gina Coletti, viola

David Speltz, cello

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