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An introduction to Close Encounters: Divertimento by program curator and violist Patrick G. Jordan

Divert (verb): To draw away from fatiguing or serious occupations; pleasurably to excite the mind or attract the attention; to entertain, amuse. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Patrick G. Jordan standing in a white room in a black suit, holding his viola. Credit: Sian Richards.

The thrill and delight of sharing chamber music is today largely a spectator event, but in the 18th century it was primarily a shared activity, generated by the participants as each in their way contributed to the music. Much as playing the music is a game of give and take, so too was the genesis of this program. Parts of it were preserved from a concert we were sadly obliged to cancel last May, and the rest was plucked from a sea of wonderful late 18th-century sources, with a great deal of negotiating to accommodate a shifting set of players, ensuring everyone a chance to shine!

Close Encounters: Divertimento
Thursday, January 28, 2021


Johann Michael Haydn

Divertimento in E-flat Major, MH9
Adagio con variazioni – Menuetto & Trio – Presto

Johann Baptist Vanhal

Divertimento in G Major
Adagio – Menuetto & Trio

Franz Anton Hoffmeister

Quartetto No. 2 in D Major
Allegro moderato – Andante

František Adam Míča

Oboe quartet in C Major
Allegro – Andante – Allegretto

John Abberger oboe
Christopher Verrette violin
Patrick G. Jordan viola
Margaret Gay violoncello
Pippa Macmillan double bass

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Photo: Sian Richards