The Quest for Don Quixote - May 18, 2014

Celebrating the widespread influence of Cervantes' ground-breaking novel (first published in 1605), First Muse has brought together musical interpretations spanning centuries. The adventures of the errant knight Don Quixote in his search for chivalry are portrayed in the intimate songs of Ravel for baritone and piano (written in 1932-33, near the end of Ravel's life) as well as in the 1761 opera written by Telemann (we will present an "orchestral suite" from that work). The fantastic highlight of the concert will be Richard Strauss' Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character - yes, the entire work! - as arranged by cellist Laszlo Varga for six players. Our ambitious troupe including RPO musicians is joined by pianist Timothy Burns for this feat!

Suite from Don Quixote - Georg Phillip Telemann
Don Quichotte a Dulcinee - Maurice Ravel
Don Quixote, Op. 35 - Richard Strauss (arr. Varga)

Tigran Vardanyan - violin
Melissa Matson  - viola
Lars Kirvan - cello
Andrew Brown - clarinets
Peter Kurau - horn
Timothy Burns - piano
Marc Webster - bass voice

Sunday May 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

$15 general / $5 student / $30 family max
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NEW - Become a "QUIXOTE CONTRIBUTOR" by sponsoring one of the evening's artists! 
If you're interested in showing your support for Quixotic chamber music,
 contact Melissa Matson at

First Unitarian Church
220 Winton Road South 
Rochester NY

Ample free parking
Handicap Accessible

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