The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the Smithsonian Chamber Players in their Collection debut concert on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 3 pm. The players – Marc Schachman, oboe; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Andrew Schwartz, bassoon; and Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano – will be joined by William Purvis, the interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, on the natural horn. The Smithsonian Chamber Players, directed by Slowik, is a select group of virtuosi dedicated to exploring the cultural-historical sound worlds of historical instruments found in collections like Yale’s and the Smithsonian’s.
The ensemble will perform quintets for piano and winds by Mozart and Beethoven. Mozart wrote his Quintet in E-flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, K. 452, in 1784. After the piece’s first performance, Mozart wrote to his father that it was the best work he had ever written. Beethoven modeled his own Quintet (written in 1796) after Mozart’s, using the same instrumentation and the same key. MORE