Mistral Music, Julie Scolnik, artistic director, kicks off its 23rd Season on September 20, 21, and 22, with a return to theliterary landscape of Marcel Proust. IN SEARCH OF MARCEL PROUST (II) is an exploration of several key composers who deeply inspired Proust throughout his novel, À la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time). Proust’s distinctive genius lies in his ability to capture the imaginary dimension of listening to music—the ability of the mind to conjure innerworlds under the influence of sound. This program will shed light on some of these inspired influences through poignant selections by CamilleSaint-Saëns (Fantaisie for violin & harp), César Franck (Prelude,Fugue, & Variations), Claude Debussy (Sonata for flute, harp, & viola), and Gabriel Fauré (Pavane, arranged for flute, harp & strings), concluding with Beethoven’s complete String Quartet Op. 130. Every one of these composers figures prominently in Proust’s epic novel;Proust was known to pay handsomely for musicians to play the late Beethoven string quartets at the foot of his bed at midnight. He revered these works, and heard performances of them as often as he could. Returningto the Mistral stage is harpist Krysten Keches, artistic director and flutist Julie Scolnik, and an international string quartet comprised of Italian violist Ettore Causa, Swedish concertmaster of the Danish National Orchestra, Julie Eskar, Australian violinist and Mistral member Sarita Kwok, and French cellist and Boston Symphony member Alexandre Lecarme. Immerse yourselves in Proust’s world, and experience music’s ability to transport you into the various access points of memory, a model for the unique narrative which he develops in his writing. With select readings fromhis novels. The concert on Friday, Sept 20, is part of Mistral’s Salon Series and takes place in the founders’ home in Brookline. Saturday, Sept 21, will be presented at West Parish Church in Andover, at4 pm. On Sunday, Sept.22, Mistral will make it debut at WBUR’s new cultural space, CitySpace, at 890 Commonwealth Ave. in Brookline. Single Tickets $38. Subscriptions of 3 or 4 concerts, save $5 off each concert. Free Student Rush tickets with ID at the door if available. Contact us about group and family discounts. Order securely online at www.MistralMusic.org or call 978-474-6222. MISTRAL has been bringing “unstuffy, unpredictable, and unmatched” concerts with internationallyrenowned musicians to the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston area since 1997. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Julie Scolnik, Mistral performances are always a little eccentric, stubbornly personal, impassioned, and committed to invigorating old traditions with an ever-youthful perspective. The Mistral 2019-20 concert season is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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