Faculty to play works by Brahms

Faculty from the Department of Music and Dance will devote one of their chamber music concerts to the music of Johannes Brahms on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

The concert, which is one of five performances in the “Tuesdays in Bezanson” series, showcases some of the composer’s best loved works, as well as the virtuosity of the performers – Marylou Churchill, violin; Laura Klock, horn; Ludmila Krasin, piano; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Marjorie Melnick, mezzo-soprano; Astrid Schween, cello; Nadine Shank, piano and Michael Sussman, clarinet.

Featured performers will be Kathryn Lockwood and Marjorie Melnick in the “Viola Songs, Op. 91” and Laura Klock in the “Horn Trio, Op. 40.” Michael Sussman performs in the “Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115” which was written in 1891 after Brahms had met the great clarinetist of the Meininger Court Orchestra, Richard Muhlfeld. It was Muhlfeld’s outstanding playing that inspired Brahms to abandon his decision to give up composing. The work, which Brahms felt was his best composition, has become one of the most important works in the chamber music repertoire.

The next “Tuesdays in Bezanson” concert will take place on Nov. 9 and will focus on the music of Charles Ives. The concert will include “The Unanswered Question,” “Over the Pavements, Scherzo,” “From the Steeples and the Mountains,” “Piano Trio” and a selection of songs.

Tickets to all of the concerts can be obtained at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (545-2511).