The Phillips Camerata begins the 2013/2014 season celebrating Van Gogh Repetitions, on view at the Phillips this fall. Master colorist of French music Debussy broke down fixed forms of music in his String Quartet Op. 10, and like van Gogh created artistic worlds which shine with a spontaneity that masks
the rigorous process beneath. L‘Arlesienne, Suite No. 1 by Bizet captures the spirit of Provence, where van Gogh lived and worked in the last years of his life. Saint-Saëns, who invigorated French music through the creation of the Société Nationale de Musique in 1871, echoed van Gogh‘s dynamic approach to painting in the vitality of his String Quartet in E minor, Op. 112, No. 1.
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
George Bizet (1838–1875)
L‘Arlesienne, Suite No. 1
Camille Saint-Saëns (1838–1875)
String Quartet in E minor, Op. 112, No. 1
With Camerata members Miranda Cuckson, Olivia Hajioff, Karen Johnson, Charlie Powers, and Marc Ramirez.
Now in its third season, The Phillips Camerata continues to carry the Phillips name and remarkable musical history into the concert circuit. We are proud to welcome three new members to the ensemble: Abigail Evans, viola; Jeffrey Lang, French horn; and Patricia Rogers, bassoon.
Under the artistic direction of Caroline Mousset, the Camerata opens the season with a program that draws inspiration from the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibition on view at the Phillips from October 12, 2013, to January 26, 2014, with works by Debussy, Bizet, and Saint-Saëns. For the closing concert of the season we welcome Camerata harpist Bridget Kibbey, in the Washington premiere of a Harp Concerto by award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung, co-commissioned by The Phillips Collection.