On Thursday Nov. 18 at 1:30 PM in Berger Center, the highly praised Lincoln Piano Trio will appear for their seventh time, in the long-awaited reopening of the Music at Oakmont concert series. Comprised of violinist Desiree Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian, the Trio first performed here in 2007, and have been Oakmont favorites ever since.
The program will include works by Ernest Bloch, Joaquin Turina, Astor Piazzolla, Shawn Okpebholo, and Rebecca Clarke. Program notes for the brand-new Okpebholo work follow, and the complete notes will be available at the concert. They are also posted on our website www.musicatoakmont.org.
Shawn Okpebholo: City Beautiful
Commissioned by the Cedille recording label for the Lincoln Trio’s newest album “Trios from Contemporary Chicago,” this triptych bears a title referring to Chicago’s City Beautiful Movement of the late 19th century. In Okpebholo’s words, the Movement embraced “a philosophy aimed at beautifying world cities,” thus stimulating “human flourishing, quality of life, and civic integrity.” The first section “Aqua” depicts the 82-story Aqua Tower by architect Jeanne Gang, who holds the record for the two tallest woman-designed buildings in the world, both in Chicago. One of them, the Aqua, completed in 2009, aesthetically evokes water, bringing to mind the Goethe quote “Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music.” “Prairie” is devoted to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House (1910), an iconic example of the Prairie School of Architecture. The last movement is named after its designer, Daniel Burnham, and features his century-old Chicago Union Station, a landmark expression of the Beaux Arts style.
Okpebholo, a widely sought-after and award-winning composer, is currently a member of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music faculty, and has recently started a two-year residency with the Chicago Opera Theater. His music has been performed on five continents, in over forty states, and in almost every major US city. His interest in ethnomusicology has led to Okpebholo’s extensive fieldwork in both East and West Africa.
COVID-19 PROTOCOL: For the comfort and safety of everyone, all audience members will be required to be masked and to show proof of vaccination, in accordance with current guidelines of Sonoma County. Please wear your mask and have ready your proof of vaccination as well as your photo ID, which will be checked at the entrance to Berger. Do plan to arrive early (12:45 opening), to facilitate entrance and seating. This is new territory for us all, and your patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated.
WHAT: Music at Oakmont
WHEN: Thurs. Nov. 18, 1:30 PM
WHERE: Berger Center
ADMISSION: $25, or $125 season pass for all six concerts, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont. Single admissions and season passes will be available at the door, starting at 12:45 PM. 2020-21 season passes will be honored for the 2021-22 season.