Brahms, Mozart string quintets to be performed Oct. 27

Mozart and Brahms
portrait of musician Max Mandel

A concert of string chamber music will be performed at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Chapel at Eureka College, 300 E. College Ave.

The program will include “String Quintet in G Major, Opus 111” by Johannes Brahms and “String Quintet in C Major, K. 515” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The concert will feature guest artist, violist Max Mandel of Toronto. A chamber musician and solo artist, Mandel is affiliated with the FLUX Quartet, The Knights, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. He has been guest principal viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Camerata Bern in Switzerland and the Camerata Nordica in Sweden.

Mandel will be joined by cellist David Commanday, Eureka College artist-in-residence and artistic director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra; violinist Sarah Gentry, Illinois State University professor of violin and concertmaster of the Heartland Festival Orchestra; violinist Elizabeth Rust, assistant concertmaster of the Heartland Festival Orchestra; and violist Diane Wuthrich, principal viola of the Heartland Festival Orchestra.

Viola quintets are string quartets with an added viola part, which enriches the color, texture and complexity of the ensemble, according to Commanday.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call (309) 467-6301.

Commanday will give a free lecture titled “Haydn and the Classical Style” at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Chapel at Eureka College as part of his Eureka College Artist-in-Residence Lecture Series.

Additional information about the musicians

Gentry has held concertmaster positions with Opera Illinois, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana and Sugar Creek Music Festival and was associate concertmaster for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2000. She is a faculty member of the Eureka College Summer Arts Strings Festival.

Rust is a teacher and professional musician in orchestral and chamber music who has been performing with the primary orchestras of central Illinois for more than a decade. She is associate concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Wuthrich is a teacher, orchestral player and chamber musician who has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the country and currently performs with Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She is a faculty member of the Eureka College Summer Arts Strings Festival.

Commanday is engaged in the development of string instruction and expanded arts programming at Eureka College. He inaugurated and directed the first annual Eureka College Summer Arts Festival in 2013. He is known in Illinois for his chamber music collaborations as cellist with visiting artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Matt Haimovitz and Antonio Pompa-Baldi.