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An afternoon of classical music Sept. 7

By Heidi Tanner
Special to The PREVIEW

Please join local musicians for a Sunday afternoon concert of classical music. This concert will be held on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted gratefully and will benefit two local arts organizations — Curtains Up Pagosa and the Pagosa Springs Community Band.

The central focus of this concert will be Benjamin Britten’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings,” a challenging work that will feature Keith Paulson singing the tenor solo and D’Ann Artis playing the French horn, both gifted and accomplished local musicians. The Britten Serenade will be conducted by Kathy Wadenpfuhl and will have a string ensemble composed of Heidi Tanner and Nora May on violin, Karen Mesikapp on viola, Dianne Springfield on cello and Kathy Baisdon on keyboard.

In addition to the Britten serenade, listeners will be treated to a variety of other classical pieces featuring members of the Britten Ensemble. You will enjoy the Scherzo movement of a trio for piano, French horn and violin written by Johannes Brahms in 1865 and performed by Jean Smith, Artis and Tanner. Brahms wrote this trio as a tribute to his mother, who died in 1865. The Scherzo movement is fast paced with lush melodies that are considered to represent Brahms happy childhood years.

This concert will also feature two solo trumpet pieces written by Astor Piazolla, a master of tango music, and performed by our violist Mesikapp, who is also a fine trumpet player. Piazolla, who lived from 1921 to 1992, combined elements of classical music, jazz and traditional tango music to create a new form of the tango known as nuevo tango. Mesikapp will be accompanied on the piano by pianist Venita Burch.

The afternoon’s selections will also include a piece by the Pagosa Springs Community Band’s brass ensemble so listeners will enjoy strains played by Larry Elginer and Larry Baisdon on trumpet, Artis on French horn and Dan Burch on trombone. From the baroque era, Tanner and May will present the Vivace movement of the “JS Bach Double Concerto in D minor” for two violins and piano with Neel playing piano. Bach wrote this piece between 1717 and 1723 and it is considered one of his most famous compositions.

Please join us for an afternoon of classical music on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, which we would like to thank in advance for hosting this concert. We look forward to serenading you.

This story was posted on September 3, 2014.