Rex Gallatin, Kathleen Foster and Kymric Mahnke. (photo submitted)
Rex Gallatin, Kathleen Foster and Kymric Mahnke. (photo submitted)

Cello and French Horn recital at Holy Cross Episcopal

Published 7:43pm Thursday, February 21, 2013

The French horn and cello share the same tessitura, or most frequently used tonal range, and both instruments will be performed in recital at the next Bach’s Lunch/Wednesdays at Noon Lenten Recital on Feb. 27 at Holy Cross Episcopal Church.

Rex Gallatin, French horn player, and pianist Kymric Mahnke will play a program of French pieces for horn.

Works will include The Hunt of St. Hubert, by Henri Busser; Pavane Variee, by Jean-Michel Damase; Romance, by Camille Saint-Saens; and Villanelle, by Paul Dukas. The Hunt of St. Hubert programmatically portrays the miraculous conversion of young Hubert, son of the Duke of Aquitaine. St. Hubert is the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians and metalworkers.

Kathleen Foster, cellist, also accompanied by Mahnke, will play the Fantasiestucke Op. 73 by Robert Schumann.

Though more often heard in the concert hall today, these three fantasy pieces (1849) are often referred to as Schumann’s Hausmusik, music to be played at home by the growing middle class in the mid-1800s. The pieces are intimate and expressive, and, at times, brilliant, with subtle thematic relationships between the movements.

The Lenten recitals begin at noon and are 30 minutes in length. No admission is charged, and the public is invited to attend. For more information, please call the Holy Cross Episcopal Church office at 828-859-9741.

The church is located at 150 Melrose Avenue, Tryon.

 – article submitted by Susie Mahnke

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