The Musical Offering (BWV 1079)

Con Brio!

Messiah "Revisited"




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Program Notes for "Two Trios"

The first of these trios, Arabesque, is very much inspired by Debussy’s famous Arabesque no. 1 for solo piano. The term Arabesque is also used in visual art, where it means a certain style of intricate, abstract lines and tessellating patterns, and it has a similar meaning in musical terms. The attentive listener may notice certain similarities between this Arabesque and Debussy’s (although I regret that I am certainly not as fine a composer as he) such as the A-B-A form, the flowing arpeggios, and the use of stepwise bass motion throughout.

The second trio, Rondo, is much shorter than the Arabesque, but took much longer to write, in part because it is strictly based on the Fibonacci sequence, not only in phrase length but in the total number of bars. The form is A-B-A-C-A-D-A-A, and there are many mathematical patterns and inversions hidden in this piece, but for those of you who just want to enjoy the show, it is also supposed to be easy to listen to as well. The piece grows in complexity as it goes on, and by the time the final two A sections arrive, they are so excited that they mix themselves up and end up in an unusual key, but everything works itself out at the last moment.

Please enjoy these Two Trios, performed by the inimitable Beau Soir Ensemble!

-- Alexander Jacobsen



BeauSoirEnsemble.jpgThe Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio, based in the Washington, DC area, dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire spanning a variety of genres. The group was founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007. Beau Soir Ensemble regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Strathmore Mansion, Alden Theatre, Center Stage, Sundays at Three in Columbia, Harman Center for the Arts, Arts Club of Washington, The Lyceum, Church of the Epiphany, Dumbarton House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), and The Anderson House. The trio also won the 2014 Montpelier Arts Recital Competition.

​As part of its commitment to exposing audiences to contemporary music and new artists, Beau Soir frequently offers performances featuring world and local premiers by various exciting composers. Since 2014, the trio has performed local premieres of music by David Bruce, Don Davis, Milton Barnes, Marjan Mozetich, Lucas Richman, Stephen Main, Eduardo Angulo, Sonny Burnette and Paul Ben-Haim.  In 2021, Beau Soir will perform the world premiere of “Two Trios” by Alexander Jacobsen and “The Nightfall” by Roberto Di Marino in 2021. 

The innovative group is also dedicated to expanding the repertoire available to flute/viola/harp, including commissioning Baroque transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach along with music by Piazzolla and Ravel.   

​Known for its exciting performance style and diverse programming, Beau Soir continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance. Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible, interesting and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers.


 Ruth Wicker, a native of Germany, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Koln. As the recipient of a Graduate Teaching Fellow Scholarship, she received her master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Her primary teachers include Joseph de Pasquale and Rainer Moog, and she studied Chamber Music with Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, Primosz Novsak, and the Alban Berg Quartet.

Ms. Wicker has given recitals in Europe (including Switzerland, Germany, and Greece) and throughout the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn. Ms. Wicker is active as a chamber musician and has taught viola at Western Michigan University and Andrews University. For two seasons she served as principal violist of the Kalamazoo Symphony, and was a member of the Oregon Symphony prior to joining the National Symphony Orchestra.

Carole Bean is the Piccoloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the NSO, she performed with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Verge Ensemble, and Fessenden Ensemble.  Ms. Bean has presented numerous children’s concert performances as part of the Outreach Program of the NSO. She also has performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 1992. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Bean attended Bowling Green State University and Northwestern University, where she studied with Judith Bentley and Walfrid Kujala, respectively.

 Michelle Myers Lundy is a professional harpist who performs throughout the Washington, DC area. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall and Mansion, the Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, Lyceum Museum, Alden Theatre and several of the Smithsonian Museums. Ms. Lundy is currently principal harpist with the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Amadeus Orchestra, Tysons McLean Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic and the New Orchestra of Washington. She has played with the National Philharmonic and Maryland Symphony Orchestra and regularly works with the Thomas Circle Singers.

As a proponent of chamber music, Ms. Lundy is the founding member of Beau Soir Ensemble (BSE), a flute, viola and harp duo formed in 2007.  Beau Soir Ensemble has premiered music written for the Trio in the Washington D.C. area.  The trio has performed at a variety of esteemed venues throughout the region including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Lyceum Museum in Alexandria, DACOR Bacon House, and the Anderson House.

Ms. Lundy began her musical studies in St. Louis on piano at the age of six. She spent five summers at National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, where she began her harp studies. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in harp performance. While at Northwestern she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ms. Lundy continued her studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she received a Master of Music degree.