Florida Chamber Music Project opens 11th season Sept. 17


Florida Chamber Music Project (FCMP) will open its 11th season on Sept. 17 at the Beaches Museum Chapel at the Beaches Museum at 505 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach.

“We had a very successful 10th season and look forward to building upon that,” said Artistic Director Susan Pardue. “We have favorites such as Beethoven and Mozart scheduled along with some newer composers.”

Season tickets for the six concert series cost $162. There is also a three-concert flex ticket purchase for $81. Season tickets and flex passes can be purchased through FCMP’s website, flchambermusic.org. Single tickets are $30. All tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite. Single tickets are also available for purchase at the door.

Listed below is the schedule:

Sept. 17: Two works by Beethoven

  • String Quartet, Opus 18, No. 5                                             
  • String Quartet in E flat Major, Opus 74, “The Harp”

This concert shows the contrast between Beethoven’s early quartets and those from his middle period.

Nov. 19: A viola quintet

  • String Quartet, Opus 11, Samuel Barber
  • String Quintet in g minor, K. 516, W. A. Mozart

Barber’s String Quartet gave us his famous Adagio for Strings. In this concert, hear it in its original form, as a string quartet.

Like all of Mozart’s quintets, the String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516 is a “viola quintet,” meaning it is scored for a string quartet and an extra viola.

Jan. 28: A little opera to celebrate a birthday

String Quartet, K. 499, W. A. Mozart

Crisantemi, Giacomo Puccini

String Quartet in e minor, Giuseppe Verdi

“Opera Without Words” – a concert featuring the music of opera composers. No concert of opera music would be complete without Mozart, so FCMP is happy to play his String Quartet and celebrate his birthday.

Feb. 25: It’s all about love

Langsamer Satz, Anton Webern

Valencia, Caroline Shaw

String Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Opus 13, Felix Mendelssohn

A concert about love in different forms. Webern and Mendelssohn wrote these quartets about falling in love, while Caroline Shaw wrote “Valencia” in appreciation of Valencia oranges and their simultaneous simplicity and complexity.

April 7: Haydn, the father of string quartets

String Quartet, in G Major, Opus 77, No 1, Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2, Robert Schumann

Haydn, the father of the string quartet, wrote 68 quartets during his long career which continued until the Romantic era was ushered in by Beethoven. Schumann continues the Romantic tradition and Haydn’s influence can be heard in Schumann’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2.

June 2: Special guest pianist Hyunsoon Whang

Kinderszenen, Robert Schumann

Piano Quintet in f minor, Opus 34, Johannes Brahms

Pianist Hyunsoon Whang returns for the Brahms Piano Quintet, one of the composer’s most towering masterpieces. This work was originally written as a string quintet. The piano and strings play equally important roles in the piece.

Beaches Museum Chapel is wheelchair-accessible and has free parking along Pablo Avenue near 4th Street North of Beach Boulevard. All concerts begin at 3 p.m.

The Florida Chamber Music Project was founded 11 years ago by violist Susan Pardue. Joining her are violinists Patrice Evans and Ann Hertler and cellist Laurie Casseday. All are members of the Jacksonville Symphony.

For advance tickets online, go to flchambermusic.org.