Our first concert, on August 10, will present pianist Jeewon Park and cellist Ed Arron in a performance of Beethoven’s five sonatas for piano and violoncello. The sonatas span a large swath of the composer’s career, from early-period opus 2 to late period opus 102. The sonatas opus 2 and 5 date from 1796, when the twenty-six-year-old Beethoven was in Berlin. They are dedicated to King Frederick William II of Prussia, a patron of the arts and ardent cellist. The sonata opus 69 was written a dozen years later, in 1808, during Beethoven’s middle period. Seven years would pass before Beethoven’s last two cello sonatas, opus 102, nos. 1 and 2, were written.
For our August 17 concert, the Parker Quartet will return for their third performance on our series. We are still discussing their program, so return to this page at a later date to find out what they will be playing.
The following week, August 24, will bring to Plainfield the Arcadia Viols, a consort of five musicians—Alice Robbins, Jane Hershey, Robert Eisenstein, Douglas Kelley, and Anne Legêne—who play the instruments that preceded today’s family of string instruments. They will be joined by tenor Daniel Carberg and baritone Matthew Leese to perform songs from the sixteenth-century courts of Henry VIII of England, Isabella d’Este of Mantua, and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.
Our fourth and final concert, on August 31, will bring to our stage the phenomenal Russian-born pianist and composer Sergei Dreznin, who will offer an all-Chopin program with commentary on his decades of study and performance of Chopin’s music. You can watch and hear Mr. Dreznin perform Chopin’s Mazurka in G minor, op. 24, here.
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