Jun 23 2017
Summer Solstice Sextet presented by Classically Alive at Classically Alive, Colorado Springs CO

Summer Solstice Sextet

Presented by Classically Alive at Classically Alive

What a musical feast we have planned for June 23! Plus good food, drink, and great company to add to the feast.

A colorful musical array awaits, presented by our six performers featuring baritone voice, oboe, French horn, violin, guitar, plus the magnificent Bechstein piano. And the evening features many musical genres, a virtual world tour, with German and English classical music, Argentine tango, hits from Broadway, and the music of the Beatles.

Our program opens with selected songs from “Dichterliebe” (Poet’s Love) by Robert Schumann. These tender songs, centered around love, are both intimate and deep, and epitomize Romantic feeling.

Next on the program is the major work of the evening, the Lennox Berkeley Trio for violin, horn and piano. Why this incredible work is not played more often is a mystery, but a big thanks goes to hornplayer Dave Stoller, for introducing us to this great work.  A lively first movement is followed by a soulful, folk-like very British second movement.

The third/final movement is a set of musical variations. These 10 variations are quite the set of characters – brilliant, playful, pensive, humorous, lyrical, and so on.

But wait, let’s hear some oboe and guitar. So we’ve got it, closing the first half, is a brilliant tango, Nightclub 1960, by the beloved Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

On the second half we return to Schumann, this time with “Three Romances” for oboe and piano. These “songs without words” on the subject of love will feature the beautiful sounds of Mark Gainer on the oboe, visiting us all the way from South Carolina!

Next, Gary Crow-Willard will sing a trio of Broadway tunes- from the heart-felt “Ol’ Man River”, to the riotous “Les Poissons” from “The Little Mermaid”, to Tevye in “If I Were A Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof”.

Gary is not only a musician, but an actively working theater and film actor. You will enjoy seeing him on these numbers as well.

Closing our program is a Beatles medley for oboe and guitar, arranged by Jim Bosse. Jim will  explain how “Those Were The Days” (which will run through your head for days!) got into this Beatles medley.


Admission Info

$20 general admission.

Students $10, includes “not so light” food and drink.

Phone: (719) 229-2239

Dates & Times

2017/06/23 - 2017/06/23

Location Info

Classically Alive

8 Broadmoor Hills Drive , Colorado Springs, CO 80906