Sunday, December 3, 2017
Faith United Church of Christ
Mozart Quintet in Eb Major for horn and strings, K. 407
Marcel Farago Duo for violin and cello, Op. 52
Schubert Fantasie in F Minor for piano four-hands, D. 940
Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
The Wister Quartet, now in its 30th year, is an old friend, fa miliar to and popular with loyal CMSOB audiences after 10 previous appearances across 26 seasons. Yet given its fondness for collaboration (indeed, it is part of a larger performing collaborative called 1807 & Friends), it brings a fresh look and sound with each highly anticipated visit. This time its guests are Jennifer Montone, Grammy winner and principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Marcantonio Barone, a pianist in demand with orchestras nationally and internationally.
The quartet is named in honor of Frances Anne Wister, founder of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Volunteer Committees, and the orchestra is a common denominator among all six performers coming to the Lehigh Valley this season. Barone made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1972 at the age of 10. In addition to Montone, three of the Wister four have been associated full-time with the Philadelphia Orchestra during some or all of the past five decades; and the fourth, violist Pamela Fay, has been a regular orchestra substitute. First violin Nancy Bean was assistant concertmaster, and Lloyd Smith was assistant principal cellist before both recently retired. The versatile Davyd Booth, Wister’s second violin, joined the orchestra’s strings in 1973, later also assuming the roles of harpsichordist and second keyboard player, moving among piano, celesta, harmonium, organ, synthesizer, and accordion. For the Lehigh Valley concert, however, he will limit himself to only three instruments: viola, piano, and violin.