The Enchanted String Quintet with Anne Egan, violin; Marke Talley, viola; Eve Kaye, violin; Claire Meador, cello and David Watkins, cello. Courtesy photo
Enchanted Strings Quintet violinist Anne Egan said Schubert’s piece, String Quintet in C Major, “has so much soul.” Indeed, the composer wrote the piece right before his death at age 31 and Egan said the piece seems prophetic; it is filled with a range of emotions from grief to acceptance.
According to Egan’s notes on the chamber piece, it reflects Schubert’s struggle with grieving, death and transfiguration. Still, she wrote, the piece is called “one of the most sublime pieces in the chamber repertoire” because of Schubert’s deep and spiritual conversations through his musical voice.
The Enchanted Strings Quintet with Egan, Marke Talley, viola; Eve Kaye, violin; Claire Meador, cello; and David Watkins, cello; will perform this emotional chamber music piece as it kicks off the Los Alamos Arts Council’s newest season of Brown Bag shows at noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
Egan said the group is excited to share Schubert’s music with the community. “We’re all amateurs who love to play (and) who love this piece and work hard to play it well,” she said.
Plus, it is great to play for a crowd that appreciates good music, Egan said. “The Los Alamos community is such a wonderful, educated community who loves music;” she added it is wonderful to perform for music lovers.
Egan also is excited about the venue. “I love Fuller Lodge,” she said. “It’s a great place.”
The Enchanted String Quintet and sub-groups of the quintet has performed a number of times in Santa Fe including the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Music in Barcelona in Santa Fe, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, the eSSO string group and the TGIF Presbyterian Church summer music events.
“We’re all connected one way or another,” Egan said.
As always, the Brown Bag performances are free to the public.
Note: for Wednesday’s performance, participants need to enter Fuller Lodge through its back entrance, which faces the lawn and the building’s portal. Renovations are being done to the front of the building.