The entire faculty of the Korff Una Corda School performs on February 15 | Nebraska today
Una Corda – translated as “one cord” and/or “one voice” – will perform at 7:30 p.m. on February 15 at the Westbrook Music Building, Room 119.
The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be webcast live.
Una Corda includes five faculty members from the Glenn Korff School of Music — David Neely, violin; Clark Potter, viola; Karen Becker, cello; Hans Sturm, double bass; and Mark Clinton, piano. They formed a new string quartet to share their love of chamber music with the community.
Members of the quintet have performed on five continents, including for the American String Teacher’s Association, the College Music Society, the International Society of Bassists, and the American Viola Society.
“The bottom line is that we all love to play chamber music,” Potter said. “We would definitely like to do this together – they are both my friends and my wonderful colleagues. The beauty of a set like this is that not only is there a terrific piano quintet repertoire that would use all five of us, but we can split up and play music for a whole series of other combinations: quartets with piano, trios with piano, strings. trios, duos for each combination, etc.
For their February 15 program, Una Corda will perform two pieces – “Divertimentoscuro” by Tyler Goodrich White, which was composed in 2001, and the classic “Trout Quintet” by Franz Schubert. The two pieces are composed for the instrumentation of the quintet: piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass.
Potter said another shared similarity between the two pieces is the use of variation movement.
“In the case of Schubert, he borrowed a melody from himself, the famous song ‘Die Forelle’ (The Trout) for voice and piano and made this theme the basis of a set of variations where each member of the set can play the theme with various accompaniments underneath,” Potter said.
Potter said the ensemble is looking forward to performing together in this concert.
“As for the name, Una Corda, we love the element of unity the name brings,” he said. “We can’t wait to get started.”