Liebesfreud's 12th Season on the Horizon
September 18, 2016
Liebesfreud's twelfth season officially begins at 5:30p.m. on September 30th
with quartets by two of music's most gifted and devoted composers in the string quartet genre.
Haydn, known as the father of the string quartet (and the symphony, for that matter) wrote so engagingly for this chamber ensemble. He earned the admiration of Mozart and Beethoven, but by the time he began his final string quartet- op. 103- he realized his powers were beginning to wane so he stopped writing after completing only two movements, noting as he did, "Gone is all my strength; old and weak am I".
Notwithstanding this self-assessment, the work as it exists (like the Schubert "Unfinished" symphony and Mozart [uncompleted] mass both of which the Philadelphia Orchestra perform this week) is a masterpiece and a great gift to music lovers.
Schubert, even though his lifespan was so much shorter than Haydn's, left a truly remarkable legacy as well and it is impossible to imagine the world without his heartrendingly beautiful "Rosamunde" quartet [op. 29] which is the feature work of this one-hour program.
As always- admission is free for concerts in this "Last Fridays" series.
2016 - 2017 Season Announcement
July 14, 2016
Liebesfreud is pleased to announce another season of our "Last Fridays" series at the Art Alliance.
There will be programs in September, October & November of this year, and January, February, March & May of 2017.
We will also continue our tradition of our Annual Beethoven's Birthday concert at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, as a Benefit for the program "WinterShelter" which helps Philadelphia's homeless.
Details to be released in late August.
Thank you, all, and have a great summer!
Much to Celebrate
January 1, 2016
Liebesfreud rehearsals are under way for our "Last Fridays" 10th Anniversary concert on January 29th.
(The first program in 2006 was on the occasion of Mozart's 250th "birthday". )
And the upcoming program, on January 29th, will be our 75th!
Schubert's wondrous and largest scale chamber music work, the Octet, is featured.
In addition to the "usual suspects", joining are all old friends: Miles Blazer Davis, Principal Bass, Orchestra of Opera Philadelphia - Kathryn Mehrtens, French Horn with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra - Mark Gigliotti, co-Principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra - and traveling from half the world away, Wei-Leng William Chen, former Principal Clarinet with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
This concert will be a benefit for the Philadelphia Art Alliance which has been our longtime collaborator in presenting this free "Last Fridays" series.
(details on the 'calendar' page)