Schubert composed the octet in 1824 at the request of Austrian Count Ferdinand Troyer, who played the clarinet part at the premiere. The octet was based on Beethoven’s popular septet of the same instrumentation minus a second violin.
WCU faculty performers are Shannon Thompson, violin; Will Peebles, bassoon; Travis Bennett, horn; and Eliot Wadopian, double bass. They will be joined by string performers Oleg Melnikov and Ginger Kowal, violins; Kara Poorbaugh, viola; and Franklin Keel, cello. All eight musicians perform together as members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
The concert is made possible through funding from the “Artist-in-Residence Program,” which brings professional string musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to campus for performances with WCU students and faculty.