Summer Series 2013

Program 2012

A Weekend with Dvořák

Friday, July 19th - 7:00 pm
$100 (includes Concert and Dinner)
$35 (Concert only)

Gala Reception, Concert and
100 mile Dinner

Dinner presented by Demeter Catering

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with artists of Festival Pontiac Enchanté
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Ella Rundle, Carson Becke,
Tait Becke, and Jay Gupta

The evening

Cocktail Reception

Concert in Studio


Tickets by phone 819 455 2574

All funds go towards Festival Pontiac Enchanté


Antonín Dvořák

Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola in C major, op. 74


Piano Trio no. 4 in E minor, op. 90 “Dumky”

Jay Gupta, Viola
Tait Becke,
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank
, Violin
Ella Rundle
, Cello
Carson Becke
, Piano

This weekend’s celebration of the music of Antonín Dvořák opens with his beautiful Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola.  The Terzetto was written in just one week in 1887, intended for Dvořák (who played the Viola) to perform with two of his good friends.

The concert continues with one of his greatest chamber works, his fourth and final Piano Trio (op. 90 in E minor), known as the “Dumky” Trio.  The Trio departs from the traditional format of his earlier Piano Trios in order to better suit the folkloric material that dominates it, the “Dumka”, a ‘Slavic epic ballad… generally thoughtful or melancholic in character". Dvořák was a passionate Czech nationalist, and much of his mature compositional output is influenced by Slavic and Czech folk music.  Rather than being in a standard three or four movement structure, it is formed of six separate sections, each of which is based on a different original “Dumka”.  Each “Dumka” moves between episodes of dramatically contrasting emotional content, moving between darkly brooding material and cheerful outbursts. 

The “Dumky” Trio was written in 1891, just before Dvořák left Prague for New York City to head the National Conservatory of Music of America, a post he kept until 1895.

Saturday, July 20th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Masterclasses with Ella Rundle and Nathaniel Anderson-Frank
Free entrance

Ella Rundle, Cello
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Violin

A relatively new feature in Festival Pontiac Enchanté’s musical activies, our masterclass series was inaugurated last summer with classes by Hinrich Alpers (Piano) and Donnie Deacon (Violin). Each student will have a lesson lasting one hour, in front of a very supportive audience. Choice of repertoire is free, and can include more than one composition.

Please contact Carson Becke, if you are interested in performing.

Sunday, July 21st, 2:00 PM

Catered lunch available outdoors either before or after the concert – reserve by contacting Lavender Ridge through our website.

From Prague to New York


Opening Discussion: Dvořák, Folk Music, and the New World

Carson Becke
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank

Antonín Dvořák

Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, op. 100

  •• Intermission ••

Quintet for Piano and Strings in A  major, op. 81

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Violin
Tait Becke
, Violin
Jay Gupta
, Viola
Ella Rundle
, Cello
Carson Becke
, Piano

During his tenure as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York (1892-1895), Dvořák was exposed to a new kind of folk music, that of the African-Americans and the Native Americans.  This new music influenced a number of his compositions, including the 12th String Quartet (“American”), the 9th Symphony (“From the New World”), and the Sonatina for Violin and Piano, which you will hear today.

The Sonatina (op. 100 in G major) was written for his 15 year-old daughter Ottilie and 10 year-old son Toník, both budding musicians.  It is full of grace and charm, and the influence of Indian Melodies and Negro Spirituals is clear in all four movements.

In contrast to the brief, economically composed Sonatina, the Piano Quintet (op. 81 in A major) is a piece of gigantic proportions, more like a symphony for five players.  It was composed between August and October 1887, and bears the same close relationship to Slavic folk music as the Dumky Trio, with the difference that in the Quintet the folk-inspired material is fit into more traditional northern European musical structures.