Serenata of Santa Fe’s artistic director Pamela Epple refers to the ensemble’s program “Worlds Apart” as “a creative mashup.”
“We’re playing a variety of pieces, and I really like the variety,” Epple adds. “What I’ve found is that our audience also likes these kinds of programs and finds them surprising.”
Epple (oboe), Ruxandra Marquardt (violin), Alice Norris (viola), Sally Guenther (cello), Debra Ayers (piano) and Gail Springer (soprano) present works by 20th and 21st century composers Bohuslav Martinu, Joan Tower, Germaine Tailleferre, Kevin Puts and Ron Strauss at 3 p.m. on October 21 at First Presbyterian Church.
Epple says she’s delighted that the chamber group is playing one of Tower’s rarely performed works called “Big Sky,” which was written for piano trio in 2000. “There’s lots of imagery in this piece,” she explains. “Lots of big chords. It’s not a subtle work. The piece is about Joan’s time growing up in South America and her love of horses.”
Serenata of Santa Fe plays a work by Tailleferre for the first time in its 31 year history. “Piano Trio” was written early in Tailleferre’s career (1917) but was revised by the composer in 1978.
“Germaine studied with Debussy, and the work is reminiscent of Debussy,” Epple says. “It’s glossy and shimmering and full of color and harmony.”
Epple describes Martinu’s “Quartet” as a quirky piece. “He was the bad boy of Czech music,” she adds. She considers Puts’s work “You Need Song,” on the other hand, as “a beautiful song about the art of singing.”
“A La Luna” by Strauss, a Santa Fe composer, was written for Serenata of Santa Fe in 2016, when it was premiered.
Strauss’s piece for soprano, oboe, violin, viola and cello is set to a poem by the 19th century Spanish writer Rosalía de Castro.