The Cliffrose Chamber Music Series is ready to warm up your winter with the “Concert II Brrr… Brrravissimo!” The performance will take place at the Mesquite Community Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. The musical colors of a flute, an acoustic harpsichord and second cello are being added to the string quartet for this concert.
“The music for the concert is going to be quite remarkable,” says Cliffrose cellist Brent Pettit. “Many performances that require a harpsichord end up using an electric keyboard with a harpsichord-like setting, because authentic harpsichords can be difficult to come by. We’ll have a real, accoustic harpsichord on stage for this special concert.” Gaye Nelson of Logandale, NV will play the harpsichord with the ensemble for the Corelli Concerto Grosso and with Vaughan-Williams’ Six Studies in English Folksong. “We will also be joined by a professional flutist and an excellent additional cellist.
The harpsichord will be played by the Logandale harpsichordist, Gaye Nelson. “The harpsichord has opened up the actual soundscape of a whole era of music for me,” says Nelson. “As far as I know, this is the only harpsichord in Moapa Valley. The instrument has been put to good use for Messiah performances and other area concerts.” The harpsichord and organ were the keyboard instruments of the baroque period for composers such as Bach, Vivaldi and Handel; the piano was a later development, Nelson explains.
Flutist Jane Solomon will play two movements from a Bach partita for unaccompanied flute, and the solo part in “Six Studies in English Folksong” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Ms. Solomon traveled for many years with the folk group Toss the Possum playing the flute, Irish whistle, and singing vocals. She has a performance degree from BYU-Idaho, and currently lives in Logandale, Nevada where she teaches flute and piano.
Lila Williams, principal cellist of the Southern Nevada Symphony will play the cello for Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8. This will allow the Cliffrose cellist to play the double bass part needed for a complete voicing of this musical masterpiece. Ms. Williams will also play with the harpsichord, strings and flute in “Six Studies in English Folksong,” adding additional depth and richness to the bassline.
Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the Virgin Valley Theatre Group website, vvtgnv.com, and at the Mesquite Community Theatre Box Office, Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and an hour prior to the performance. Tickets are also available at the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, the Mesquite Fine Arts Center, and Ready Golf. More information about the Cliffrose Chamber Music Series is available at www.cliffrosequartet.com