The Musical Club of Westfield invites the public to the second free concert of the club’s 101st season. The concert is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Westfield, 170 Elm Street in Westfield and will begin with a performance by Doug Hardin.
Dr. Hardin studied cello with Laslzo Varga and Janos Starker, and viola da gamba with Laura Jeppeson and Jane Ryan. He performs with the Plainfield and South Orange Symphonies, as well as the Cisraritarian Consort of Viols. He is joined in this performance of "Tema ed Improvviasoni" from Walton's Cello Concerto by pianist Beverly Shea.
Walton's work was composed in 1956 for cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. The movement has four improvisations, two for piano alone and two for solo cello, and ends with a recap of the theme from the concerto's first movement. Described as subdued, brittle, lyrical, bittersweet, ruminative and introspective, the concerto was Walton's personal favorite, displaying rich coloration, jazz-like phraseology, sensitive orchestration and powerful emotional content.
For the second portion of the concert, Jenny Cline, flute, will be joined by Kevin Dayton, clarinet, Jee-Hoon Krska, piano, and Elise Figa, narrator, to perform Portraits of Langston by American composer Valerie Coleman. Coleman is the flutist for the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, one of the foremost woodwind quintets in the chamber music world. Portraits of Langston, written in 2007, contains six brief musical sketches based on the poetry and prose of Langston Hughes, an American poet who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
The evening’s performance concludes with organist David Bower. Dr. Bower is the Director of Music & Organist at Saint Michael Church in Cranford, NJ. His published music compositions for organ, choir and congregation appear under the MLB Music Publications label. His selections will include a Scherzo by Hermann Schroeder, Trois Improvisations, No. 2 Canon by Nadia Boulanger, Chorale Prelude on Puer Nobis, Opus 4 and Fantasia on “Stabat Mater Dolorosa” for Organ, Opus 16, both composed by Dr. Bower, Cantabile from Sonata in G Major for Flute or Violin, by Telemann, Suite Gothique pour Grand Orgue, Opus 25 by Léon Böellman and Toccata from Symphony No. 5 in F, Op. 42, No. 1 by Charles-Marie Widor.
There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately after the concert where audience members will have the opportunity to meet the performers.
The Musical Club of Westfield is a 501©3 organization whose mission is to foster and encourage good music, provide performance opportunities and support young musicians with college scholarships.