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Joanne Polk and Jeffrey Langford

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts • 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter


Tickets are free, but participants are asked to register in advance. Click on Buy Tickets to register. Instructions for accessing the live stream will be emailed to registered participants the morning of the event.

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Live at the Piano Performance Museum: The Music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn

The Catskill Mountain Foundation presents the Piano Performance Museum’s inaugural virtual lecture-recital on Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with musicologist Dr. Jeffrey Langford and pianist Dr. Joanne Polk who will perform on an award-winning, historic, French Erard piano on Saturday, June 27th at 7 PM.

We all know the music of the German Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, but does anyone know the music written by his sister Fanny? This lecture-recital will explore the relationship between brother and sister to uncover some of the little-known facts that bore upon their respective careers as pianists and composers in the mid-19th century.

Join pianist Joanne Polk and musicologist Jeffrey Langford for a virtual lecture-recital about Fanny and Felix's music, performed on an Erard built during the age of the Mendelssohns. This Erard piano was awarded the medal of honor at the Paris Exposition in 1855. Sit back with your favorite dessert and beverage, and feel free to ask questions of the performers!

Watch the free live-streamed lecture-recital on YouTube or Facebook on Saturday, June 27 at 7PM, or anytime afterward at your convenience. To register for the event and participate in the Q&A, click on Buy Tickets.

DR. JEFFREY LANGFORD, Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies and Chair of the Music History Department at Manhattan School of Music, is a musicologist who has published several articles and books, including Evenings at the Opera (Amadeus Press) and A History of the Symphony: the Grand Genre (Routledge Press). Dr. Langford has also served as a regular presenter of pre-concert lectures at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he talks mostly about the basic repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries.

PIANIST JOANNE POLK’s award-winning recordings include Songs of Amy Beach, Completely Clara: Lieder by Clara Wieck Schumann, Songs for Pianoforte, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, and The Flatterer, which was a “Pick of the Week” on New York’s classical radio station WQXR, and debuted at number 1 on the Classical Billboard Chart. Ms.Polk’s CD, Gershwin & Wild, was released on the Steinway and Sons Label and features Earl Wild’s transcriptions of Gershwin songs, as well as Wild’s Piano Sonata. American Record Guide called Ms. Polk’s playing on this CD, “plush and dreamily attractive…”



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