If you take a peek at the concert poster for Monday and Tuesdays German Romanticism concert by Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, youll find a dapper-looking German guy hanging out on it. Its Johannes Brahms, whose Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, op. 26, will be performed.
Wait, wasnt Brahms a crazy dude?
Its early Brahms. Later in life, he turned into an eccentric, but this was the handsome young German man who wrote Requiem and this piece, said David Johnson, chair of Brightmusics executive committee.
Much like how the early truth of Brahms doesnt match the later stereotype, this concert will go against classical musics gnarled opinion in the ears of many. The two guest pianists, Ning An and Gloria Chien, will make sure of that.
Part of their act is pieces for four hands, said David Grizzard, chair of Brightmusics audience development and publicity committee. Its a flurry of notes that is very exciting for the audience.
And, unlike the past concert that featured a contentious and provocative piece by modern composer Arnold Schoenberg, this concert will be all for those in attendance.
I told someone at our last concert that it was three-quarters comfort food and one-quarter Schoenberg, Johnson said. This concert is 100 percent comfort food. Its three of probably the most famous and certainly beloved composers of the romantic period. Theyre all three the kinds of composers that people love.
Among them is Franz Schuberts Fantasy in F minor, op. 203, D.940, which Johnson was quick to highlight.
It strikes what Schubert was good at doing. It has a touch of melancholy, but isnt depressing, he said.
In addition to the two pianists, four Brightmusicians will play throughout the evening. They will be accompanying, leaving the heavy lifting to the guest pianists. Any people who are interested in piano should check it out, Grizzard said. It will be a very piano-heavy evening.
It actually will be two evenings both with admission via donation with Mondays concert at Casady School, and Tuesdays at St. Pauls Episcopal Cathedral. Grizzard warned attendees to arrive early to the St. Pauls show, which will fill up quickly. Brightmusics last concert there resulted in a standing-room-only situation. The Casady show, however, is in a larger venue and shouldnt be a problem.
However, with the mass appeal that Grizzard sees for this concert in particular, one never knows.
It will be a real crowd-pleasing show, he said. Romanticism is very popular with audiences. Its familiar, and it sounds like classical.