By Alan Mayers
Producer, Performing Arts Council
The Performing Arts Council will present the Third Millennium Ensemble (TME) in the next of this season’s Classical Concerts in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, with music for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello. Entry is by subscription or $8.00 ticket at the door.
TME celebrates cultural and musical diversity, performing works by German-born Ingolf Dahl, Russian-born Alexander Tcherepnin, Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos, and the Ensemble’s own musical director, Pamela Helton.
This concert is entitled Soggetto Cavato which, literally translated, means “carved subject.” This is a musical device that uses the initials of names, or other references, to compose a melody or theme of a piece. A common example is the use of the name B-A-C-H (B-flat, A, C, B in a musical score) as a motif. Three of the pieces on this concert use carved subjects: the Dahl Concerto uses letters seen by the clarinetist on a train car; the Tcherepnin Trio employs the initials of children for whom the piece was written, and Dr. Helton’s Hooves uses letters of the name of the horse “Caine” (CAEB), who belongs to TME’s cellist, Barbara Brown.