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Featuring Pianists Yi-heng Yang and Maria Rose, with a lecture by Ed Swenson

Date & Time: Saturday, November 28, 2020 @ 7:30pm
On the Catskill Mountain Foundation's†Facebook and†YouTube pages
Tickets: FREE, but registration is required.

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A Catskills Welcome to the Graf Piano

The Catskill Mountain Foundationís Piano Performance Museum in Hunter, NY will celebrate the arrival of an original 1826 Conrad Graf Fortepiano, acquired from Edward Swenson, noted piano restorer and musicologist from Ithaca, NY, with a virtual lecture-recital and live Q&A on November 28. Academy of Fortepiano Performance founders and faculty members Yi-heng Yang and Maria Rose will perform works by Beethoven, Vorisek, Schubert and Clara Schumann in a recital recorded at the Piano Performance Museum. The video recording of the performance will be intertwined with a prerecorded lecture by Edward Swenson, who spent two years restoring the Graf to its current condition. The performance will be available online on the Catskill Mountain Foundationís YouTube and Facebook pages starting on November 28 at 7:30 pm, followed by a live Q & A session. Register at www.catskillmtn.org for this free event.

The arrival of the Graf fortepiano signals a significant step forward in the Museumís collection, curated by Steven E. Greenstein. Conrad Graf ís importance as a pianomaker in the history of the instrument cannot be overstated, and neither can the stellar reputation of his fortepianos amongst many of the most celebrated composers and musicians not just of the 19th century, but of the 20th and 21st centuries as well. It is also an instrument uniquely suited to playing 19th century music the way it was originally intended to be heard.

Ed Swenson is recognized as one of the foremost piano restorers in the world. In addition to a fine career as a piano technician and restorer, Ed is a scholar of the history of the Graf piano and is a known lecturer on the subject.

Yi-heng Yang is a dynamic soloist and collaborator, and has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, The Frederick Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with groups such as Apolloís Fire, The Sebastians, and The New York Philharmonic. Ms. Yang studied at The Juilliard School, where she is on the piano faculty of the Pre-College and Evening Divisions. She also studied early music at Amsterdam Conservatory.

Maria Rose, originally from the Netherlands, combines her experience as a fortepiano performer with her research as a musicologist. She has performed extensively as solo performer and in chamber music, and has a PhD in Musicology from New York University. Ms. Rose has written articles on piano performance practice and recorded a wide range of repertoire on period instruments. She is a Board member of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and an editor at RILM, the bibliographic database for music research, in New York City.

This event is made possible by donations from the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, and with public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE.

 

 

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