The cello was front and center at Sunday’s Music at the Museum concert at the Zimmerli Art Museum on campus at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Entitled “Cello Extravaganza,” the concert featured Extension Division faculty members Jonathan Spitz, Susannah Chapman, Mira Kang, and Jordan Enzinger – cellists all. Performing together, the quartet demonstrated the full versatility and dynamics of the cello in arrangements of works by de Victoria, Bach, Brahms, Wagner, Dvorak, and Piazzola!
The program also featured selections for cello duet. The husband and wife duo of Spitz and Chapman delighted the audience with a spritely, crisp performance of the first movement from Boccherini’s “Sonata in C Major.” Kang and Enzinger also wowed the crowd with a virtuosic performance of the last two movements of Barriere’s “Sonata in G Major.”
More than a showcase for this richly expressive, little heard ensemble, the program provided an expedition through the last four-hundred years of music history. Performer’s introduced selections providing historical detail and personal commentary. As is often the case in this concert series, the audience overflowed the Zimmerli’s Lower Dodge Gallery in both the pre-concert forum and the concert itself. The concert truly emphasized what Music at the Museum is all about: reflection, experimentation, and great music!
Our next concert in the Music at the Museum series is entitled “Holiday Jazz”, and will be held on December 13th at 2 PM! As with all of our Music at the Museum concerts, there will be a pre-concert forum led by one of the Extension Division faculty members at 1 PM. We hope to see you there!