Chamber Concert Two: Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
MARK LANZ WEISER
The Stronger Child (world premiere)
In 211 CE, Septimius Severus died leaving his two sons, Geta and Antoninus (later known as Caracalla) as co-emperors of the Roman Empire. This led to disastrous results, as the two siblings could not tolerate each other. At the urging of the Praetorian Prefect, Marcus Macrinus, the brilliant and influential Julia Domna, widow of Severus and mother of Geta and Antoninus, requested a private meeting with her two sons to work out their differences.
Unknown to Julia and Geta, Antoninus stationed his private guards outside of his mother’s rooms. During the meeting, Antoninus called to the guards – they entered, and immediately fell on Geta, killing him. Antoninus stormed from the room, shouting that he had prevented an attempt on his life by his brother, leaving Julia, covered in blood, holding Geta in her arms.
The work is an imagined monologue by Julia Domna, as she recovers and reflects on the events and their implication for the future of Rome.
~ Mark Lanz Weiser
About the Concert
Join the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio—Brenda Anna, violin; Nancy Smith, piano; and Jason Love, cello—for an eclectic program including Beethoven's stormy Piano Trio No. 3 and Fauré's lush, romantic First Piano Quartet. Plus, mezzo soprano Kyle Engler joins the trio in music by Jake Heggie before Jason Love picks up his electric guitar to join Ms. Engler for the world premiere of Mark Lanz Weiser's The Stronger Child, expressly for these two artists. Mr. Weiser will attend to introduce his work. FREE admission. (Donations to the series gladly accepted.)