2017-2018

MISTRAL has been a jewel in the cultural landscape of Greater Boston since 1997. With a five-concert series in both Andover & Brookline, our virtuosic, communicative artists perform unique thematic programs, from newly discovered gems to timeless masterpieces, with an irresistible combination of high spirits and serious music-making.  Committed to invigorating old traditions with an ever-youthful zest, they connect in a singular way with their audiences.

 

TIME FLOW: The Beginning & The End 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 5:00 pm 
Andover: West Parish Church 

Sunday  Sept. 17, 5:00 pm  
Brookline: St. Paul’s Church

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A sparkling arrangement of Haydn’s timeless masterpiece, “The Creation,”  in an intimate instrumental setting by Wrenitsky, violinist, composer, and student of Haydn; the cello movement from Messiaen’s historic quartet, composed in a WWII prison camp, & premiered on broken instruments by prisoners of war; “Time Flow” from the innovative Sebastian Currier, who said the work  is “ dedicated to the MacDowell Colony ( for artists), a retreat which provides solitude, quiet time, freedom from everyday life, beautiful landscapes,  & like-minded souls;”  and a  hauntingly gorgeous chamber work by Spanish composer, Joaquin Turina. 

 

HAYDN The Creation  (arr. Wrenitsky for strings  & Scolnik, for fl/str)

MESSAIEN  Cello movement from “The Quartet for the End of Time” (Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus)

CURRIER “Time Flow” from String Quartet “Quiet Time”

TURINA Piano Quartet

 

 

IN SEARCH of MARCEL PROUST

Saturday, Nov. 4, 5:00 pm
Andover: West Parish Church

Sunday, Nov 5, 5:00 pm
Brookline: St. Paul’s Church

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Vinteuil, the fictitious composer to whom Proust refers throughout “À la Recherche du Temps Perdu,” is in an amalgam of several composers who deeply influenced and affected the writer.  Proust’s genius lies in his ability to capture the sensory experience and imaginary dimension of musical experience. This special concert sheds light onto some of these inspired influences through the music of Franck, Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Wagner, & even Beethoven,  interspersed with readings from his novel.  Immerse yourselves in  Proust’s world, and experience music’s power to transport you into the various access points of memory, a model for the unique narrative which he develops in his oeuvre..

 

FRANCK Piano Quintet in F Minor

                    Prelude, Fugue & Variations (arr. for flute& strings)  

WAGNER Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde (transcribed by Liszt)

BEETHOVEN Molto Adagio from String quartet No. 15, Op. 132

DEBUSSY Cello Sonata

SAINT SAENS Violin Sonata 

 

THE BAROQUE BIG BAND ** Holiday Concert 

Saturday, Dec 9, 5 pm
Andover: West Parish Church

Sunday, Dec 10, 5 pm
Brookline: St. Paul’s Church

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Our annual Baroque bonanza of chamber concertos, with dazzling soloists taking turns in the spotlight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIVALDI  Concerto for strings in D minor, RV 127;    Concerto for 2 cellos

VIVALDI, HANDEL, & MONTEVERDI  Arias for Mezzo Soprano & strings

BACH Chaconne with Hidden Chorales          

TELEMANN Suite in A Minor for flute & strings

VIVALDI  Violin Concerto RV 235

 

 

A VALENTINE SCHUBERTIADE

Saturday, February 10, 5 pm
Andover: West Parish Church

Sunday, February 11, 5 pm
Brookline: St. Paul’s Church 

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Franz Schubert, arguably the quintessential Viennese composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras, unfortunately never achieved enormous fame in his short lifetime. He was, however, held in high esteem by a small group of admirers in Vienna who would organize informal salon concerts to celebrate his work. This type of intimate gathering became known as a Schubertiade, which Mistral will emulate in honor of Valentine’s Day.

“O Mozart, immortal Mozart,” Schubert wrote, “how many, how infinitely many inspiring suggestions of a finer, better life you have left in our souls!”

Because of Schubert’s love for him, we will offer a short piece by the immortal Amadeus.

     

SCHUBERT Quintet in C for two violins, two cellos, & viola

SCHUBERT  Arpeggione Sonata (arr. for flute & string quartet )

 

BEL CANTO  **  Season Finale

Saturday, April 7, 5:00 pm

 Andover  West Parish Church 

Sunday April 8, 5:00 pm
Brookline  St.Paul’s Church

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Brookline resident Elena Ruehr’s work has been described as “sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies” (NYTimes), and “unspeakably gorgeous” (Gramophone).  Mistral performs her fifth string quartet based on Ann Patchett’s novel, Bel Canto, in which music plays a central role. Excerpts from the novel will introduce each of the 10 short movements. 

     It is widely believed that opera composer Bellini’s Bel Canto style influenced the “singing” quality of Chopin’s later piano music. Mistral performs his exquisite second piano concerto in a beautifully intimate chamber setting. 

 

 

 

 

RUEHR  “BEL CANTO” String Quartet No. 5                      

CHOPIN  Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor (with string quintet)

                 Nocturnes in C# Minor, & Bb minor arr. for flute/piano

 

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