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Sarasa Ensemble performs Mendelssohn’s String Octet at BMC

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Music Center’s Season Guest Concert series continues Friday, Oct. 19, with a performance of Mendelssohn’s String Octet by the Sarasa Ensemble.

Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the most adored chamber music pieces in the string repertoire, composed by a very precocious and nimble 16-year-old talent. Rarely performed on original instruments with gut strings, Sarasa offers a fresh view of this energetic work.

The particularly innovative program will include contrasting elements of sublime French Baroque music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Sonate à 8) with the soulful expanse of Schnittke’s compelling Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief, arranged for string octet.

Performers will include Rodolfo Richter, Christina Day Martinson, David Wish, and Rebecca Huber on violin; Jenny Stirling and Jason Fisher on viola; and Jennifer Morsches and Timothy Merton on cello.

For ticket information, visit the BMC website at bmcvt.org for more information or call 802-257-4523.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #480 (Wednesday, October 10, 2018). This story appeared on page B2.

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