Houston New Arts Movement presents Movements of the Heart
Houston New Arts Movement will stage its second exploration of Light and Shadows this season: “Movements of the Heart.” The composers in this concert each bring to life an example of some of our most basic and universal desires: to sing, to fall in love, to dance, to ponder, and to dream. This concert will feature Schumann’s “Fantasiestucke, Op. 73” for Cello and Piano, a lyrical, playful, and passionate work.
Continuing in the lyrical, and harmonically daring vein of Schumann, violinists Laura Cividino and Luis Ramirez will perform the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s Three Madrigals. Learn about his tragic and heroic story. Living nearly a century later than Robert Schumann, Martinu’s harmonic language is more daring, and the Madrigals are full of wild virtuosic violin playing and flare, as well as reflective slow movements.
The evening will conclude with Dvorak’s great Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major. Full of lyrical writing, transformation, melancholy, virtuosity, aggression, and excitement, the work is epic in every sense of the way. Lasting 40 minutes, cast in 4 movements, the piece explores dance rhythms throughout, and majestically balances the five instruments to create a bold and memorable work.
The May 5 performance will be at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, while the May 12 performance will be at Houston Piano Company in the Heights.