Sorry for the terrible pun. I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday and are poised for a great new year.
For my next class, Jan. 5, we look into one of my favorite composers: Franz Joseph Haydn.
Everybody knows Mozart's name, while Haydn is often a kind of also-ran. Modest, sweet-tempered Haydn was never as flashy as the wunderkind Mozart, but Haydn's music holds a special place for those who know it. With perfect technique, clear layout, rich harmonies and an impulse to surprise, withhold, anticipate and postpone, he leaves listeners optimistic, buoyant and engaged.
Join us as we dive into the best of Haydn in our continuing survey of the great composers. From the chill-inducing moment at “Let There Be Light” in his oratorio, “The Creation,” to the thrilling finale of the great “Oxford” Symphony, we will hear exactly why Haydn gives us so much pleasure.
I hope to see you there!
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, Classic Pianos, 3003 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. (503-546-5622) next to the Aladdin Theater at the corner of Milwaukie and Powell Blvd. $20 at the door.
Video: "Oxford" Symphony: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, conductor Thomas Hengelbrock.
David Stabler is a teacher, writer, dad and cyclist. He's working on a novel based on his childhood years living in Africa and rode across America with his brother in 2017.