BLEMF’s Saturday night concert in the First Presbyterian Church recalled Battersby’s friendship and amazing talent with a program of Beethoven (Quintet in E-Flat Major, Opus 16), and Mozart (Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K.448, and the Quintet in E-Flat Major, K452).
The two quintets joined fortepianist Hsuan Chang Kitano to a horn ensemble (Sarah Huebsch, oboe; Elise Bonhivert, clarinet; Kelsey Schilling, bassoon, and Burke Anderson, horn). In the Mozart sonata, she teamed with fellow fortepianist Mike Lee.
The music was praiseworthily realized in the cheerful Beethoven and the lovely Mozart quintets. The Mozart sonata, as performed by the two keyboard artists, was absolutely beguiling and virtuosic, a show stopper. As a means of honoring Edmund Battersby, its reading — of note — proved a reminder of how capable he was at shaping surprises and memorability. Like the beloved Battersby, Kitano and Lee struck a chord with their performance; he would have cheered it.