The first concert in the 10th Annual Heliconian Concert Series, on November 2, at 7:30 pm, will feature very beautiful and seldom heard music: a process of discovery. An eighteenth century flute sonata by Venetian-born Anna Bon, court musician in Brandenburg, will be performed by flutist Nancy Nourse, joined by Simone Desilets, viola da gamba, and Louise Morley, harpsichord. Joan Zarry will play “Notturno” by Fanny Mendelssohn and “Dreaming” by Amy Beach. The allegretto from Clara Schumann’s mighty trio, op 17, will be performed by Velma Ko, Kye Marshall and Louise Morley. Superb Heliconian sopranos, Maria Soulis and Allison Arends, will contribute four songs by Alma Mahler accompanied by Christine Hanson and renovated rhymes by Elizabeth Raum. Rita Greer will play the haunting “Paraclete” for clarinet and singing bowl by Tawnie Olson. Velma Ko will play her viola – the first movement from the Viola Sonata by Jana Skarecky, with pianist Louise Morley; Ann Southam’s “Commotion Creek” is to be performed by Ruth Kazadan; Kye Marshall will perform her “Endangered Species” for cello and loops; and the first movement from the powerful piano sonata by V. Kapralova will be played by Suzanne Yeo.
This is a showcase, not only for little known composers, but also for our own Heliconian performers.