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$30, concession $25 and students $15.
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Fri 21 Feb, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*
Sat 22 Feb, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church
Sun 23 Feb, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Mon 24 Feb, 11:00am
Dvorak & Mozart
Tim Jones Brass
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Pictured: Jonathan Békés and Ying Ho.
A 17-year-old Beethoven, who considered Mozart the greatest living composer, spent less than an hour with his idol in Vienna when he impressed Mozart with his virtuosity on the piano and an example of his own compositions. An unfortunate chain of events denied Beethoven his desire to receive lessons from Mozart, and this was the only meeting between these musical giants. Nevertheless, Beethoven remained an avid admirer and promoter of Mozart's music.
Beethoven wrote two sets of variations on two arias from Mozart’s most famous opera, The Magic Flute. Variations on ‘Bei Mannern, welche Lieben fuhle,” is his second such offering and was published in 1802.
Arguably the most prominent and one of the earliest American women composer, the child prodigy Amy Beach was a self-taught composer of late 19th-century romantic music. Her Romance Op 23, weaves the elements of spontaneity, originality and virtuosity in a composition that has endured in the standard repertoire for violin and piano since it premiered in 1893.
The performance had to be repeated during its premiere as the cheering audience would not accept any other encore piece! Amy Beach was accompanied on the Piano by her life-long friend and fellow child prodigy Maud Powell.
Much like the Bach family, the surname Tchrepnin refers to six composers representing three generations of the same family of Russian composers. Among them, Alexander Tchrepnin is the most famous and prolific. He was born 1899 in Saint Petersburg and died in Paris in 1977 having lived, studied and worked in Saint Petersburg, Tbilisi Georgia, Paris and New York.
Tcherepnin is well known for his use of pentatonic scales as well as the nine-note “chromatic-perfect scale” also known as “Tchrepnin Scale”. Although today he is less known than other Russian composers of the early twentieth century, in his time Tchrepnin was regarded as a rival to Prokofiev and the “second Stravinsky”.
The last work published during the composer’s lifetime, the cello sonata is one of the only nine works that Chopin wrote for instruments other than solo piano. The work premiered in the last public concert by Chopin on 16 February 1848.
Letters from Chopin to his family indicate that composing the cello sonata was filled with “questions, uncertainties, challenging choices and hard labour” and took over three years to complete. Nevertheless, just like all of Chopin’s compositions, the work is regarded as a masterpiece. The split with George Sand had ushered in the post-romantic period in Chopin’s work, and this composition represents the pinnacle of this period.