Birdfoot Backstage

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7 PM Birdfoot Backstage
6:00 PM Happy Hour in The Café at the CAC
6:15 PM Young Artist Program Showcase Concert

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp Street
Downtown New Orleans

Free Admission, Reservations Suggested

Featured music:
Felix Mendelssohn: Quintet no. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87

Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM “backstage” in a conversation about Mendelssohn’s exuberant second String Quintet. Exploding off the page, the Quintet was written at the height of the composer’s career and overflows with zest for life. The work finds its emotional center in an epic funeral march pierced by searing outcries before launching into a breathless romp to the finish line.

This event is an opportunity to get inside Mendelssohn’s music alongside musicians from the Birdfoot Festival and find out why this string quintet, with not one but two violas making up the middle voices, is a favorite of composers, musicians, and listeners alike. Join the conversation!