October Artist Residency
October 21–23, 2016
Brahms: Inside the Composer’s Workshop
“It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table” wrote the composer Johannes Brahms. Birdfoot Festival’s Artistic Director Jenna Sherry and a special guest artist will spend a week delving into the notes that Brahms kept in his Sonata in F minor Op. 120 no. 1. And what notes they are! One of two sonatas written for clarinet near the end of the composer’s life, Brahms also revised this eloquent and direct music to be played on both viola and violin.
Brahms’ Sonata Op. 120 no. 1 in F minor is at the heart of the Birdfoot Fall Artist Residency and will be explored alongside Ernö Dohnány’s rarely heard, but masterful Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 21, and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances. Dohnányi was a young composer when Brahms championed his first piano quintet and arranged its premiere in Vienna, and the influence of Brahms is clear in the lush material of his Violin Sonata. Brahms and Bartók, although from different generations, share a love of folk and popular music—not unlike the “Hungarian Dances” which Brahms heard in cafés and transcribed for piano, Bartók “collected” and loosely transcribed folk songs into concert pieces, as in this lively set of Romanian Folk Dances.
Come join the artists downtown for a series of pop-up concerts in a pavilion designed by architects Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, APC during PARK(ing) Day on October 21, the Classically Algiers community concert on October 22, and for a Brahmsian edition of Birdfoot Backstage in partnership with WWNO 89.9 FM on October 22 at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.
• Song & Dance—A Pop-up Concert for PARK(ing) Day 2016
October 21, 2016 10 AM–4 PM
900 block of Girod Street, Downtown New Orleans
Open air performance!
Take a walk downtown and you might find yourself suddenly singing along to the melodies of Brahms or dancing to infectious folk tunes re-imagined by Bartók. For PARK(ing) Day, Birdfoot presents a series of pop-up concerts of music by Brahms and Bartók in a parking-space pavilion designed by architects ESKEW+DUMEZ+RIPPLE, APC. Exact schedule of pop-up events between 10 AM–4 PM coming shortly. One day only!
• Classically Algiers Community Concert
October 22, 2016 at 1 PM
Woodland Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
5824 Berkley Drive, Algiers
Johannes Brahms: Sonata in F minor Op. 120 no. 1
Ernö Dohnányi: Sonata in C-sharp minor Op. 22
Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
• Birdfoot Backstage—Inside the Composer’s Workshop
October 22, 2016 at 7 PM
George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans
“It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table” wrote Brahms. Join the Birdfoot Festival’s Artistic Director Jenna Sherry and a special guest for an engaging exploration of the notes that Brahms kept in his Sonata in F minor Op. 120. And what notes they are! One of two sonatas written for clarinet near the end of the composer’s life, Brahms also revised this touchingly eloquent and direct music to be played on both viola and violin.
• Sherry/Löwenberg Duo Community Concert
October 23, 2016 at 4PM
University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center
2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans
Music by Brahms and Bartók.