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Faculty Concert Series | Evening Fantasies

Evening Fantasies Our final program in the fall series will explore the world of fantasies and memories. Piano faculty member Judith Olson will join guest Rolf Schulte in a program which will include Nikolai Medtner’s Night Song as well as Debussy’s evocative Sonata for Violin and Piano. Bassoon faculty member Gili Sharett leads an ensemble of faculty and guests in a program of traditional and original music from Colombia that will include works by BSM theory faculty member Sebastian Cruz and Rafi Malkiel as well as Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy.
Faculty Concert Series | Evening Fantasies
Virtual Concert
November 20, 2020 7:00 pm

Concert 1: Spiritual Folk Music

This concert will feature Colombian traditional and original music with a spiritual angle.  



Gili Sharett- Bassoon, Sebastian Cruz-guitar, and special guest Rafi Malkiel-trombone and Brandon Vazquez-Trumpet 



Recuerda Muerte -traditional Colombian a capella funeral song, arr. by Sebastian Cruz with Rafi Malkiel 

La Loca by Sebastian Cruz with Rafi Malkiel 

El pájaro nocturno by Sebastian Cruz

Black and Tan Fantasy- Duke Ellington, Funeral March arr. by Rafi Malkiel with Brandon Vazquez-Trumpet (guest)




Concert 2: Medtner and Debussy


Medtner’s rarely performed “Nachtgesange” (Night Songs), inspired by Goethe’s poem of the same name, were originally intended as a song cycle, but were reworked as “songs without words” for violin and piano.  A Russian of German heritage, Medtner was a composer/pianist, whose 38 “Skazka” (Legends) for solo piano are among his best- loved works.  Rachmaninoff, a staunch supporter, introduced his piano music to audiences throughout Europe and the United States.


Debussy’s well-known Sonata was written near the end of his life, when he was suffering terribly from ill health and the devastation of World War I.  Its three short movements provide an astonishing range of moods and emotions.  Though he wished to assert a strong sense of French nationalism, there are hints of Asian, Russian and Spanish influences, plus some flamboyant Hungarian-style gypsy fiddling.


Medtner’s dreamy Night Song, based on a poem about blissful sleep, was his first work for violin.  Debussy’s Sonata,  dreamy at the opening, but building toward an ecstatic conclusion, was Debussy’s last completed composition.



Rolf Schulte, violin

Judith Olson, piano


Nachtgesang (Night Song), Op. 16, No. 1 (1904-8).         Nikolai Medtner     

     Andante con moto sempre leggiero


Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-17)                                Claude Debussy   

     Allegro vivo

     Intermede (Fantasque et léger)

     Finale (Tres anime)


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