The night begins with a sense of humor: Carl Nielsen’s Serenata in vano (Serenade in Vain) depicts a suitor’s attempt to seduce a loved one outside a balcony. When she fails to materialize, the musicians conclude with a jovial march homeward. To round out the evening’s program, Brahms and Schubert are paired together. Legendary pedagogue and Festival faculty artist Almita Vamos performs Brahms’s final Violin Sonata. The concert continues with Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, one of the composer’s most lyrical and exuberant chamber works.
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Almita Vamos, violin • Eugenia Monacelli, piano