Local patrons of the arts will want to mark their calendars for Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., when Richard Nunemaker, clarinetist, along with members of Trio Oriens, presents Nunemaker Speaks Brahms in the Music Instructional Building (MUS) Recital Hall on the LSC-Kingwood campus. The program is the second in the college’s Artist Recital Series, which brings emerging and established musicians to campus once a month for masterclasses and recitals.
“We are very excited to welcome Richard Nunemaker and friends to LSC-Kingwood,” said Jay Whatley, professor of music and chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. “It isn’t every day that a 40-year veteran of the Houston Symphony Orchestra appears in concert here. This is truly a special event!"
Joining Nunemaker onstage will be Olive Chen, cellist, and I-Ling Chen, pianist, both members of Trio Oriens. They will perform a concert comprising works from the latter part of Johannes Brahms’s life: the Sonatas in f minor and Eb major, Op. 120, for clarinet and piano (1894), and the massive Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Op. 114 (1891).
“The music of Brahms has always fascinated me, because it is at home in multiple periods of music history,” said Whatley. "Chronologically, he is firmly in the 19th century and the Romantic movement; structurally, he looks back to the Classical period, and the well-organized and highly-balanced works of Haydn and Mozart, yet his counterpoint harkens back to J.S. Bach and the late Baroque."
However, the performance won’t be lesson in music history. “The real mark of a genius in a composer is the ability to manipulate and blend musical elements and ideas into works that are wholly pleasing and satisfying without requiring any prior knowledge or experience from the audience members,” said Whatley.
Patrons are invited to linger post-concert for a reception in the MUS Atrium, at which time they may visit with the performers while enjoying light desserts.
Tickets for Nunemaker Speaks Brahms are $10 for general admission, and may be purchased at the door. Reservations are encouraged, and may be made by emailing Angie.Spargur@LoneStar.edu or by calling 281-312-1709.
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