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Alexander Kerr with Members of the DSO

Vail Interfaith Chapel Alexander Kerr with Members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Community Concerts
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 1pm

Concertmaster Alexander Kerr and Principal Clarinetist Gregory Raden along with other members of the DSO perform Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat Major and Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet. 

Featured Artists

Gregory Raden


Alexander Kerr


Eunice Keem


Meredith Kufchak


Theodore Harvey


Program Notes

String Trio in B-flat major, D. 471

(9 minutes)


String Trio in B-flat major, D. 471

By the time Schubert wrote the D. 471 String Trio, he was near the end of an unhappy period in his young life. He had finished school, was living in his family’s overcrowded home and teaching at his father’s school, but all he wanted to do was live independently and write music. Over the next three years, still in his late teens, he wrote an astonishing amount of music. Like several of Schubert’s instrumental compositions, this trio is unfinished (the second movement contains only about 30-some measures) but the work that remains, sparkles.

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 

(34 minutes)


Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
     Allegretto con variazioni

On the other end of the “finished” spectrum, Mozart explores every conceivable set of instrumental relationships with his utterly masterful Clarinet Quintet. Somehow he manages to showcase the idiomatic character of the featured guest while setting it naturally within a chamber context with a balanced, blended ensemble, and also gives each individual instrument its moment in the spotlight. Meticulously structured and brilliantly balanced, this work truly exemplifies the radiant intimacy of chamber music.

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