We are honored to host an open rehearsal of Gotta Play Schubert as they prepare Schubert’s Octet, D. 803 for a performance at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington on Tuesday April, 10 at 12 noon. This rarely performed piece is described below.
An open rehearsal is a look behind the scenes of a classical performance. It offers an opportunity to see how a classical ensemble works together to create a high level performance. Audience members can attend all or part of the rehearsal, and will have the opportunity to talk with musicians during breaks.
Betsy LeBlanc, clarinet
Rachael Elliot, bassoon
Joy Worland, horn
Mary Rowell, violin
Victor Costanzi, violin
Liz Reid Mcquillan, viola
Fra Rowell, cello
Evan Premo, contra bass
Schubert Octet, D. 803
As Vermont emerges from cold, snow melt and mud, musicians from all over the state are joining together to unearth a rarely performed piece that was composed in 1824 but not published until decades after the composer's death.
Because a live performance of this will invite performers and listeners alike to revel in its exuberant melodies and the lush blend of strings and winds.
Because this piece is full of optimism, because even when it delves briefly into darkness, it resolutely returns to the resiliency and joyfulness of F Major.
Because the sound of the clarinet and the cello playing with a violin is like Apfelstrudel mit schlagsahne; the alchemy of horn, bassoon and viola like Sacher Torte and a good coffee.
Because the jaunty 3rd movement will have everyone tapping their toes and imagining sunny mountainous hikes, paddling on the lake, dinners on the porch.
Because we hope when you hear this piece you will fall in love with it. Maybe it will become the soundtrack for your Sunday mornings or cozy evenings. And maybe occasionally the melodies will take you back to the day you heard it in rehearsal at Heartbeet Lifesharing.
Because collectively we've loved this piece for close to a century, but it's hard to program because of unusual instrumentation and the expense of EIGHT players!