Mount Vernon Music Finishes Season with Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, and Brydern


When Mount Vernon Music Association (MVM)  started getting requests for Baroque music, they came up with a program of pieces for strings, flute, and keyboard (in this case piano) by composers Georg Philipp Telemann, J. S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, and Johann Pachelbel.

Performing in concert   March 3 at Mount Vernon Music Hall is Ebonee Thomas, flute; Mark Miller, violin; Ute Miller, viola; Zachary Mansell, cello; and Evan Mitchell, piano. The program is repeated the next day as part of the Mu Phi Epsilon concert series at the Dallas Public Library.

On May 13, MVM presents a sonata that Johannes Brahms wrote to be played on either of two instruments he especially loved, the clarinet and the viola. They’ll divide it between clarinetist Daryl Coad and violist Ute Miller performing with Evan Mitchell, piano, and present it with Venezuelan-born Reynaldo Hahn’s Romanesque for flute, viola, and piano; Czech composer Bohuslav Martin’s Madrigal Sonata for flute, violin, and piano; and Armenian Aram Khachaturian’s Trio for violin, clarinet, and piano, with Ebonee Thomas, flute, and Mark Miller, violin.

This program can also be heard at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in Texas A&M Commerce’s Finney Concert Hall as part of the Color of Sound Series, and 7 p.m. May 12 at Collora Piano in Dallas.

MVM’s annual children’s concert takes place June 11. This year’s show celebrates the publication of a book/CD of The Town Musicians, commissioned by MVM in 2013 and composed by Benedikt Brydern in 2014. With celebrity narration in English and Spanish, a new twist on a timeless story about four lovable animal characters, and beautiful color paintings, the new book/CD is a delightful way to illustrate the power of music to tell a story.

Before performing The Town Musicians, MVM also presents Beagles’ Day Out, with more music by Brydern, about two little hounds who take advantage of a careless moment to rush out their owner’s front door. They enjoy all kinds of adventures, including getting lost, tired and hungry, before finally finding their way back home. Beagles Day Out is told in rhyming narration by Rose Roeder, who also created the nearly 100 images that illustrate the story.

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