'A Bit of the Old Ludwig Van'

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Omaha Consort Concert

When: 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4

Where: Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 20th and Douglas streets

Cost: $20 ($10 for students)

Web: omahaconsort.org

As Alex (Malcolm McDowell) in A Clockwork Orange put it: "Oh, bliss. Bliss and heaven. Oh, it was gorgeousness and 'gorgeousity' made flesh." Yes, Alex liked his Ludwig Van, as he called the great composer.

Ludwig Van Beethoven is what the Omaha Consort will be serving on MONDAY (Nov. 4) when the ensemble presents "In the Shadow of Beethoven." The evening features "Septet in E Major" by Lachner, and Reicha's "Octet."

“Lachner’s work was written when he was employed as a conductor in Munich,” says Jason DeWater, principal horn of the Omaha Symphony and the Omaha Consort’s artistic director. “It was probably first played among a group of musical friends that included Franz Schubert.”

DeWater notes that in Reicha’s “Octet” each instrument becomes an important voice. The work actually utilizes nine players, not eight: two violins, viola, cello (with a bass doubling the cello part an octave lower), oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.

Doors open at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 20th and Douglas streets, at 6 p.m., with complementary wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a pre-concert talk by DeWater (show is at 7 p.m.).

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