Musicians’ Renaissance

March 30, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Music Institute of Chicago Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston,IL 60201
Start at $35, College Students $10
(312) 819-5800E-mail

The English Renaissance music of the 1600s, and the turbulent 1900s, which brought a world of change, deeply affected Britten. The works of Biber, Speer, and Bertali reveal the Renaissance and early Baroque trends and ideals that inspired the composer. Fast-forwarding, the warmhearted Fuchs Clarinet Quintet, written a year after Britten’s birth in 1913, belies the chaos of the world that Britten would face. Schumann described Mendelssohn as “the Mozart of the 19th century.” His Piano Trio No. 2, which closes the program, embodies the finest qualities of his immaculate art. Composed two years before his death, this refined piece was the last chamber work Mendelssohn saw published.