Viola to be in Sarasa's next concert

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BRATTLEBORO — In Sarasa's next program as season guest artists of the Brattleboro Music Center, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based group focuses on the warmth of the middle voice — the viola.

The ensemble will perform Mozart's String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, and Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan, 17 at Brattleboro Music Center, 75 Blanche Moyse Way.

The viola's tenor range binds the top voice with the bottom, a sort of sandwich filling that brings out the best flavor in an ensemble. It is the instrument that many composers preferred to play in chamber music settings, especially J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak, among others. Both Mozart and Brahms composed some incredibly wonderful viola parts in their opus— relishing in the beauty of its timbre in their string quartets, sextets,

serenades, symphonies, operas and masses— and Sarasa will indulge with two of their very special string quintets in their January concert set, performed on gut strings and with historical bows.

The performers are Rodolfo Richter and Susannah Foster, violin; Jenny Stirling, and Jason Fisher, viola; and Timothy Merton, cello.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students. For tickets and more information, visit bmcvt.org.

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