No other composer was able to combine the jazz music of the time with classical music like George Gershwin. Three Preludes is a brilliant arrangement by violist Martin Stegner of Gershwin’s short piano pieces – charming, melodic and captivating.
Barber’s String Quartet op. 11 was written in 1936 when Barber was a mere 26 years old. The centerpiece of the quartet is the extraordinary “Adagio” which has been famously transcribed as an independent piece for string orchestra, featuring a universal blend of sorrow, hope and beauty.
Gina Gillie’s Scenes from the Bayou is a collection of short programmatic movements that portray various times of the day, animals and scenery at the lush Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.
Gershwin: Three Preludes for String Trio, arr. Stegner
Adora Wong, violin; Geena Salway, viola; Marc Palmquist, cello
Barber: String Quartet, Op. 11
Adora Wong and Madonna Lee, violins; Geena Salway, viola; Marc Palmquist, cello
Gina Gillie: Scenes from the Bayou
Sam Hughes, trumpet; Janelle Wiebe, horn; Erik Hongisto, trombone