michael_parloffDear Friends,

The final concert of Parlance Chamber Concerts seventh season will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4 PM. I am pleased to welcome back the great Stephanie Blythe, who will be joined by co-reciter, Raymond Menard, pianist Warren Jones, and seven leading members of the Met Orchestra in a program that will feature works from the Roaring Twenties. Each piece on the concert was inspired by the sounds of the Jazz Age.

The featured piece of the afternoon will be William Walton’s gem of musical humor, Façade Entertainments. You can watch a short video history of Façade by clicking on this image:

Also included on the program will be a group of 1920s instrumental solos, including Erwin Schulhoff’s flapper-tinged Hot Sonata featuring Met saxophonist Lino Gomez; Victor Herbert’s touching ‘Songs’ for cello and piano with the Met’s lyrical principal cellist Jerry Grossman; Darius Milhaud’s bluesy flute Sonatine showcasing Met principal flutist Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson; and a selection of witty xylophone rags performed by Met principal percussionist Gregory Zuber. All of these works will be accompanied by pianist Warren Jones.

You can hear a recording of Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot Sonata for saxophone and piano by clicking on this image:

I will again provide spoken introductions and anecdotes about the performers, composers, and music. As always, we are deeply grateful to our devoted listeners and donors for the enthusiasm and generosity that make these inspiring events possible.

I look forward to seeing you at Parlance Chamber Concerts!

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