11/1/2018 Music At Oakmont

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  • Rosemary Waller


Chicago’s distinguished Lincoln Piano Trio opens Music at Oakmont’s 2018-19 season. Members of the Trio are Desirée Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; and Marta Aznavoorian, piano. For their Nov. 8 concert, the longtime Oakmont favorites have selected works by Fauré, Piazzolla, Brahms, and Daron Hagen. For program details and complete notes, please visit our website www.musicatoakmont.org.


Many thanks to the Oakmont Community Foundation for partnering in our 2018 Donor Drive, and to all who have so generously donated. If you haven’t yet contributed and would like to do so, donor envelopes will be available at the concert. Make checks out to Oakmont Community Foundation, “Music at Oakmont” on the memo line.

You may purchase 2018-19 season passes at the Nov. 8 concert. The pass provides admittance to all eight concerts, including Nov. 8. The cost is $140: eight concerts for the price of seven, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont. For those with 2017-18 passes, your cost is just $120, since you have already paid for the rescheduled Jan. 31 concert. Single admission remains at $20, at the door, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont. Doors open at 1 PM. Seating is unreserved.


Astor Piazzolla: Autumn, from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Almost 250 years after Vivaldi’s Seasons, Piazzolla began his Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Born in Argentina to Italian parents, Piazzolla grew up in New York City. His father spotted a bandonéon (a small accordion-like instrument, mainstay of the tango band) in a pawn shop and bought it for his son. By age 13 Astor was a prodigy. Tango master Carlos Gardel invited him to join his concert tour. Astor’s father said no, the boy was too young. A fortuitous decision: on that tour, Gardel and his entire band perished in a plane crash.

In 1937 Piazzolla returned to Argentina to study composition with Alberto Ginastera. He won a grant in 1954 for lessons in Paris with the legendary Nadia Boulanger. Piazzolla colorfully describes the experience: “When I met her I showed her my kilos of symphonies and sonatas. She started to read them and suddenly came out with a horrible sentence: ‘It’s very well written.’ And stopped, with a big period, round like a soccer ball. After a long while, she said: ‘Here you are like Stravinsky, like Bartók, like Ravel, but I can’t find Piazzolla.’ She kept asking, ‘You say that you are not a pianist. What instrument do you play?’ Finally I confessed that I was a bandonéon player, and she asked me to play a tango of my own. She suddenly took my hand and told me: ‘You idiot, that’s Piazzolla.’ And I took all the music I had composed, ten years of my life, and sent it to hell in two seconds.”

WHAT: Lincoln Piano Trio
WHEN: Thurs. Nov. 8, 1:30 PM
WHERE: Berger Center
ADMISSION: $20, or season pass


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