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Music for All Seasons presents four daytime (2 pm) Sunday concerts in February, April, October, and December in the Historic Peterloon Estate, at 8605 Hopewell Road, in the Village of Indian Hill.

TICKETS: Single seats are $35. Student seats are $10. A $120 Flexpass may be used by one or more persons for 4 admissions to any of our four concerts during 2019.

Flexpass buyers receive an additional complimentary single ticket that may be used to bring a guest to any concert: 5 tickets at $24 each: a savings of more than 30% off single tickets.

To reserve your seat (s), please email us at indicating the number of single tickets or Flexpasses you wish to purchase and then send us a check to Music for All Seasons in Cincinnati, PO Box 43172, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243.

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OUR NEXT CONCERT: April 14, 2019, 2 pm
Music for All Seasons with the support of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati presents the Immaculata Concert Series String Ensemble, and Soprano Amy Yekel in a program of music by Wagner, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Mahler and Dvořák

sv3_856Kanako Shimasaki of Springfield, Ohio began studying violin at the age of four. As a soloist, she has been featured in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the National Symphony Summer Music Institute Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the CCM Philharmonia and China’s Great Wall. She leads, along with Jonathan Lee and Hojoon Choi, the Immaculata String Ensemble. Their debut concert was rated on as one of the top musical events in Cincinnati in 2018.

Divertimento in D major, K. 136 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Early in 1772 Mozart, age 16, and his father had just returned from another trip to Italy during which the young composer must have heard the music of his Italian contemporaries. He began to write small-scale compositions suited for string quartet or even for a small ensemble, which he called Divertimenti (Italian for Diversions). These Italian-style miniatures are, in spite of their modest scale are little masterpieces of invention most probably taken to be background light dinner music by Mozart’s wrong-headed but demanding employer, Archbishop Coloredo, Prince of Salzburg.
The work is in three (fast-slow-fast) movements: Allegro, Andante, Presto.

Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
In the autumn of 1825 and coincidentally also like Mozart at the age of 16, the young Felix Mendelssohn composed his Octet for two string quartets as a birthday gift for his violin teacher. Ambitious in scale and already evidencing the genius of its composer, the Octet was first given a private performance before being revised by the composer who premiered it to great acclaim seven years later in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Concert Hall. Jewish at birth, Mendelssohn was brought up Christian, and in the last of its four movements he uses a melody from Handel’s Messiah.

The work is in four movements: Allegro moderato, Andante, Scherzo, Presto.

The performing artists are: Kanako Shimasaki, violin; David Goist, violin; Sophie Pariot, violin; Jack Bogard, violin; Judy Huang, viola; Martin Hintz, viola; Jonathan Lee, cello; Hojoon Choi, cello.

AMY YEKEL Amy Yekel made her professional debut in 2012 with Toledo Opera. Of her singing of the title role in Puccini’s Turandot, a music critic said “Her buttery smooth soprano voice seems effortless in delivery, yet her power actually was enough to reverberate off the staid old stone walls.” A frequent soloist in concerts and oratorio performances, Amy received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University and is now a member of the Music Faculty of Marietta College.

weinkauf_merewyn Merewyn Weinkauf serves as the staff pianist for the music department of Marietta College. She holds an undergraduate degree in piano performance from East Texas Baptist University and a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Baylor University, having also studied German Lieder at the University of Vienna. She is an active collaborator with soloists and has performed on the Evergreen Series and Visiting Artist series at both Ohio University and the Ohio State University.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) – Songs to texts by Friedrich Rückert
Friedrich Rückert wrote poetry and drama when his work as a professor of Oriental Languages – thirty of which he mastered! – allowed him time. Mahler loved his writing, and between 1901 and 1902 he set four of his poems to music, first with orchestral accompaniment, and later publishing them in an edition for voice and piano.
Ich atmet ein Lindenduft
I breathed the scent of a sprig of linden: the very scent of love…a gift from a caring friend.
Um Mitternacht
Midnight comes over the land, resting on the mountainside, statically keeping vigil over the stillness. The springs rush downwards singing to the Mother Mountain, eager to give accounts of the day just ended. It is an ancient lullaby that the mountain has heard countless times.
Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!
Don’t try to understand me through my songs. Your curiosity betrays me! Bees busily building their honeycombs prefer to carry out their tasks unseen by human eyes, because you’d be the first to devour their work!
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
I am lost to the world in which I wasted my time. Some believe I am dead, since it has been a while since I was last heard from! I am really dead to the tumultuous world, and now I repose quietly in another realm, in my own heaven, in my love, in my song.
Liebst du um Schoenheit
If you love for beauty, love me not: love instead the sun with its golden rays. If you love for youth, love me not: love instead the ever youthful spring. If you love for riches, love me not: love instead the mermaid, with her many pearls. If you love for love, then, yes, love me and I shall love you forever.

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) (text: Adolphe Heyduk) – Cigánské melodie, Op. 55 (Gypsy Songs)
Bohemian poet Adolph Heyduk wrote a collection of poems titled Cikánské Básně (Gypsy Poems) Antonín Dvořák set seven of them to music that celebrates the life without frontiers of the Roma people.
Má píseň zas mi láskou zní My song resounds with love, harvesting pearls from the shadows, resonating with longing as I roam far and wide, reverberating with freedom, even as storms gather.
Aj! Kterak trojhranec můj přerozkošně zvoní Is a bell ringing for the passing of yet another gypsy soul and bringing an ending to all else?
A les je tichý kolem kol All around me the forest is quiet and it is only the beating of my heart that disturbs the peace…
Když mne stará matka zpívat, zpívat učívala My mother taught me to sing, and she always had tears in her eyes, as I too weep now when I teach the children our old gypsy songs…
Struna naladěna, hochu, toč se v kole The string is taut for the young man to twirl and spin and turn and reach the heights, just as it will again be at the day of reckoning.
Široké rukávy a široké gatě Loose fitting skirts and trousers offer much more freedom of movement than golden robes that constrict the song in a singer’s throat. Those who are happy at heart wish for the whole world to shed its lust for gold.
Dejte klec jestřábu ze zlata ryzého Give a Romani a golden cage in which to live and she will readily trade it for a nest of thistles. The wild horse rushes unbridled towards the wilderness and we gypsies rush towards eternal freedom.
Liebestod (Love Death) – Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
The complex history of the creation of Wagner’s 1865 monumental Tristan und Isolde is beyond the scope of a set of program notes in a concert. Suffice though for it to be said that this opera is arguably Wagner’s achievement: a perfect blend of drama and music telling the story of an ill-fated love.

In the final moments of Tristan and Isolde, the hero dies from injuries received during a battle. Princess Isolde arrives at his side. But it is too late. As Tristan lies lifeless, she kneels by his side, joining him in death: Do you see, friends, how softly and gently he smiles, and how his eyes fondly open? Do you see how he glows even brighter than a rising star? I drown…I founder… unconscious…in utmost bliss…

Please join the artists and the members of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati for an informal reception in the dining room right after the concert. They are a group of music lovers with an enthusiastic interest in the music dramas of German romantic composer Richard Wagner, and a mission to promote the study and enjoyment of his music and to provide performance opportunities for emerging artists.

Translations and notes by Rafael de Acha




The house, rivaling the grandest country estates of America and Europe, with its 36 rooms, 19 fireplaces, 21 baths, and its surrounding gardens and buildings, set in the middle of hundreds of wooded acres, was designed in a blend of Georgian and Queen Anne styles and built in 1928 by William Adams Delano, of Delano & Aldrich, the leading country-house architectural firm in the United States at the time.

In 1979, no longer occupying the premises, the family created the Peterloon Foundation, with a mission to maintain the house and gardens for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the greater Cincinnati com


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