Jeremy Eig: Virtuosic Clarinet Quintets at Arts Barn, February 5

Date: February 05, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm

Arts on the Green presents a fusion of classical, contemporary and experimental chamber music in an intimate setting.

Brilliant clarinetist Jeremy Eig explores quintets of Mozart and Weber as he demonstrates his great virtuosity with ease, unsurpassed tone and musicality. The Sage Chamber Players, featuring Luke Wedge, Arminé Graham, Sarah Hart, and Kathryn Hufnagle, form the string quartet. Fun facts about the composers and music will be shared along with the opportunity to meet the artists following the performance.

Featured works includes Mozart Quintet in A Major, K. 581 and Weber Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34. The Quintet K. 581 for string quartet and clarinet (the first notable work for this instrumental grouping) was written in 1789. It was composed for Mozart’s colleague Anton Stadler, whose fine playing inspired many of Mozart’s works incorporating winds, strings and keyboard.

Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet shares many characteristics with Mozart’s. Both were inspired by a muse, in Weber’s case the clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann. Both Mozart and Weber were gifted composers of opera as well as instrumental concertos and both pieces exhibit the emotional range of opera and the virtuosity of a concerto. In the case of the Weber, the quintet also had a specific economic goal: Baermann made his living as a touring soloist, and in many of the smaller towns he visited, there were not enough musicians of a suitable skill-level to fill out an orchestra. The clarinet quintet was a vehicle suitable to demonstrate his virtuosity, needing only four other competent musicians in order to produce a public performance.

Jeremy Eig’s musical interests run the gamut from solo performing to chamber music, teaching, commissioning new music and arranging/editing works for clarinet ensemble. With his wife, Jessica Powell Eig, he co-directs the Neighborhood Concert Series, which presents free chamber music performances around Washington, DC. He also performs with and serves as orchestra librarian for the New Orchestra of Washington.

An active orchestral musician, Eig has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony and at Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He has served in the US Navy Band since July 2012, and holds the rank of Musician 1st Class.

Eig has more than a decade of experience teaching students of all levels. He holds a doctorate from SUNY-Stony Brook, Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is available as a clinician and maintains a large and vibrant private studio, Chevy Chase Music Lessons.

The Sage Chamber Players, a dynamic ensemble comprised of young professional musicians from the Washington, DC area, has been performing engaging concerts of primarily classical music since its formation in late 2007. The ensemble’s unique instrumentation allows for a great variety of music within each program, traversing the Baroque period through the masterworks of the Romantic repertoire to the music of today, including new works written for the ensemble’s artists.

A fusion of classical, contemporary and world music, the Arts on the Green classical series features lively conversation, authentic music and the opportunity to meet the artists after each performance. Next in the series, the Chiarina Chamber Players perform Intimacy and Brilliance on Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. Featured works includes Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81 and Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola.

For more information please visit the Artist’s Website.

Arts Barn
311 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878-5727