HARTFORD — The Musical Club of Hartford opens its 2019-2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 26, 9:45 a.m., with a program of chamber music performed by Musical Club members and guests at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. The concert is free for members of the Musical Club and students with ID; admission for the general public is $5.
The Sept. 26 program will open with Mozart’s “Trio in E-flat Major,” K. 498, “Kegelstatt“ for clarinet (Carolyn Bernstein), viola (Ginny Allen) and piano (Linda MacGougan). Mozart’s selection of the clarinet and viola for this trio, his favorite instruments, rather than the more typical trio scoring for violin and cello, suggest a special personal connection.
Next, two solo piano works by Béla Bartók based on folk music will be performed by Linda MacGougan: “Three Hungarian Folk Songs” and “Sonatina,” Sz.55 (based on Romanian folk tunes).
For the conclusion of the program, unique arrangements of music from South America, Asia and Eastern Europe will be masterfully performed on guitar (Judy Handler), mandolin (Mark Levesque) and flute (Leo Snow).
Performers for this program are: Linda MacGougan, piano; Carolyn Bernstein, clarinet; Ginny Allen, viola; Judy Handler, guitar; Mark Levesque, mandolin and Leo Snow, flute (guest performer).
The Musical Club of Hartford is a volunteer organization in its 129th year of programming and presenting music to Greater Hartford community. The mission of the Musical Club of Hartford is to develop the musical talents of its members and to encourage the study and appreciation of music through programs, lectures and concerts. In addition, the Club gives financial assistance to promising young artists and aid to musical projects in the community.
Musical Club of Hartford programs typically take place during the day, and last about 90 minutes. All programs are open to the public. For more information about the Musical Club, including a full schedule of concerts and special events, please visit www.musicalclubhartford.org.