From Nebraska to Spain to Austria is the voyage undertaken by the Omaha Chamber Music Society in “Crossing the Atlantic” June 21st . Omaha is Stephen Bouma’s base but his Toccata actually looks to Europe for inspiration and to, as the title suggests, baroque masters including J.S. Bach.
“I imagined a musical cocktail party with composers and philosophers,” he says.
He likewise aims to incorporate harmonic and rhythmic ideas of Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Mr. Bouma is organist and director of music at First Central Congregational Church. He should feel right at home then, since the concert takes place there. Italian-born Luigi Boccherini was right at home himself in Spain where he settled at age 17 absorbing and reflecting the spirit of that culture. Two of his string trios from Opus 47 are performed.
Dovetailing with them is Círculo from 1936 by famed Spaniard Joaquin Turina, one of his final works completed before the outbreak of his nation’s Civil War. And an outpouring of joy suffuses one of Franz Schubert’s later pieces, his piano trio in E Flat, D. 929. He wrote it to celebrate a friend’s engagement. The performers are Omaha Symphony violist Thomas Kluge and cellist Greg Clinton. Violinist Mary Perkinson joins them as does pianist Stacie Haneline. Ms. Perkinson is a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Bach Musicians and the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. Ms. Haneline is part of the faculty at UNO, as well as “I, the Siren” and regularly performs with the Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha. You need not travel far to experience such delights.
Crossing the Atlantic is performed Sunday, June 21 at First Congregational Church, 421 S. 36 St. 3 p.m. Tickets $5-$20. omahachambermusic.org