Gerald Carpenter: Music Club plays Mozart, Beethoven and Emma Lou Diemer | Culture & Leisure


Well, the Santa Barbara Music Club is back in force with its wonderful free concerts. The next one will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St.

Music Club members who will perform include dueling pianists Tachel Gerbert and Bradley Gregorywho will perform WolfgangMozart“Sonata for Keyboard Four-hands in Bb-Major, K. 358/186c” (1774) and “By the Sea (2022)”, written for them by Emma Lou Diemer; more cellist Virginia Kron and pianist Betty Oberacker (long-time colleague, friend and sometimes dedicatee of Emma Lou), who will give us their (no doubt) brilliant view of Ludwig Beethoven“Sonata for cello and piano No. 3 in A major, opus 69” (1808).

Admission, as noted above, is free.

As I look forward to hearing all three works, I have long devoted myself to Beethoven’s sonata, particularly its rondo-like scherzo, as bearing some measure of what I call the “mystery of Beethoven”.

By this sentence I am not speaking of the religious mysteries, but only of certain passages—the second theme of the first movement of the concerto “The Emperor”; the last movement of the piano sonata “Tempest”; “Für Elise”, the “Alla danza tedesca” from the Thirteenth String Quartet, etc. — in which the composer seems to follow a private happiness through the labyrinth of his dreams.

This music sits uneasily with the public Beethoven of thunderous celebrations of Liberty or harsh quasi-baroque formal explorations. In these passages he is delicate, hesitant, nimble, haunting, making me think I’ve got it all wrong.

– Gerald Carpenter covers the arts as a Noozhawk Contributing Writer. He can be reached at [email protected] The opinions expressed are his own.

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