Program to include works for piano and strings featuring:
|Brahms:||Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18|
In an atmosphere that could be compared to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Prince Leopold II lavished considerable resources on music for his court at Lippe-Detmold, where professional musicians worked side-by-side with amateurs, providing music for a chamber orchestra, choral society and private piano instruction. In 1857 Brahms was invited to join this inspiring group, for which he created his Opus 18 Sextet. The work marked his transition from emotional extroversion to pensive reflection, and he wrote, “The ideal and the genuine man is calm both in his joy and in his sorrow,” an apt summation of this majestic composition.