Flora La Kuan and the Manhattanville Chamber Players performed Franz Schuberts Trout Quintet at the Chappaqua Library Thursday evening. The Manhattanville Chamber Players is a newly formed group of musicians who all teach at Manhattanville College in Purchase.
Weve known each other for a while now, said Lyndon Christie. Weve been looking for some vehicle to play together.
The groups performance was preceded by a lecture from Christie, discussing the history of Schubert and the theme behind the Trout Quintet. The quintet is the first piece that the group has performed together. Olivier Fluchaire was on the violin, Christopher Hisey on the viola, David Krieger on the cello, Christie on the double bass and La Kuan on the piano. All but Krieger are adjunct professors at Manhattanville.
The Trout is the only bass piece thats really enjoyable, Christie said. Usually when I play the double bass, people fall asleep.
The group said they chose Schubert because his works accentuate their unusual combination of violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano.
Schubert was really a magnificent writer, Christie said. He was an equal opportunity employer, allowing each one of these instruments to have a solo in the piece. Christie hasnt always played Schubert. Hes a trained jazz and classical musician -- he has played on Broadway, in operas, TV series, recording studios, jazz clubs, and bar mitzvahs.
I never play the same thing twice, Christie said. I try to seize the moment, carpe diem. I enjoy all music, all forms of music. Its important to keep it alive. Theres just something about live music that you cant get from music made in a studio.
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