On Saturday, November 7, Mammoth’s Chamber Music Unbound will be presenting the Felici Piano Trio with special guests Roland Kato on viola, and Bruce Bransby on double bass in a concert whimsically entitled “Beauty and the Beast.”
Bransby was a long-standing principal bass in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Kato has also played as a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. One of the pieces to be performed on Saturday is a special arrangement by Kato, a rendition of the Suite from the Ballet “Mother Goose” by composer Maurice Ravel. “Mostly [the program] reflects the way children use their imagination,” said violinist Rebecca Hang, a member of the Felici Trio. She describes the program as “very lighthearted, and very fun to play and to listen to.”
The “Beauty and the Beast” title refers to Gioachino Rossini’s Duetto for Cello and Bass, which Hang describes as “a little bit tongue in cheek,” in its reference to the double bass, which is sometimes referred to as “The Beast,” and the cello as “The Beauty,” said Hang. “It is a program meant to show the diversity of classical chamber music.”
The performance will also feature Franz Schubert’s “Trout-Quintet” with piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass.
The compositions chosen for the evening are meant to reflect “the way that the image of childhood changed around the turn of the 20th century,” said Hang.
“Beauty and the Beast” will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes. Tickets ($20 Adult, $15 Senior, $7 Student) are available online at www.chambermusicunbound.org, at the Booky Joint, the Inyo Council for the Arts, or at the door.