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Moment Musical kicks off new season of ‘Sunday Serenades’

The chamber group Moment Musical performs Sunday, Aug. 30, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The chamber group Moment Musical performs Sunday, Aug. 30, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Special to The Bee

There’s nothing quite like winding down your weekend with a relaxing concert of classical chamber music. The acclaimed group Moment Musical kicks off its new season of “Sunday Serenades” events with a concert headlined by Haydn’s Notturno in C Major.

Moment Musical’s Janette Erickson notes that in the late 1780s, Haydn was commissioned to write a series of pieces for the king of Naples. He scored them for two solo lire organizatte (organ lyres) and chamber ensemble.

As you might gather, the lire organizatte is an obsolete string instrument in which a wooden wheel replaced the bow, and a small organ attachment was built into the body to enrich the sound. Haydn saw the writing on the wall: In 1790, he re-scored several of the pieces for an ensemble of flute and oboe (which replaced the two lyres), two horns and strings.

The concert also includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Bruch’s Pieces for Clarinet, Viola & Piano; and Onslow’s Sonata in F Minor.

A reception will follow.

Sunday Serenade

  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, 50 E. Santa Ana Ave.
  • Suggested donation $10 single, $20 family of three or more
  • (559) 432-2473
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