At the first rehearsal of the Spring 2020 season, Ming invited violinist Matthew Szemela to join us to play Arvo Pärt’s Fratres (Brethren). Matthew stopped by on his way to a rehearsal for the Berkeley Symphony; he also plays with Jazz Mania, Vadalma (which plays Hungarian music), and other groups. The New York Times praised him for his “insane fiddling.” Thanks to Matthew and Ming!
Pärt composed Fratres in 1977, as he was developing his unique composition style, Tintinnabuli, Latin for “bells,” or “tintinnabulation.” Fratres was written without designated instrumentation — there are many versions played and recorded today — but Pärt created an early version for violin and piano for his friend, the renowned violinist, Gidon Kremer.
BCCO will perform Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum on June 5, 6, and 7, on a program with a second Te Deum by Anton Bruckner.