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Piano Performance Museum Festival Weekend: Part I

Date & Time: Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

Mendelssohn: His Life in Violin Sonatas

Violinist Abigail Karr and Fortepianist Yi-heng Yang
1842 John Broadwood Semi-Grand
1873 Erard Paris 7’ Grand

This performance will explore the relatively unknown but delightful violin and piano works of Mendelssohn. Rarely performed as a set, the composer’s three full sonatas and an unfinished Fragment are explored by baroque violinist Abigail Karr and historical keyboard specialist Yi-heng Yang. The works tell the story of Mendelssohn’s life and creative progress, as the first was written when he was only 11 years old, the second as he was coming into his own as one of the great Romantics, and the third during his mature period. Using a historic piano from the Piano Performance Museum as well as a period-faithful violin, Karr and Yang also draw the audience into the sounds and aesthetics of 19th century music making, demonstrating and explaining the differences between older instruments and the modern piano and violin.

 

 

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