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. They will present Béla Bartók’s Quartet no. 3 (1927), Hans Abrahamsen’s Quartet no. 4 (2012), and Bedřich Smetana’s Quartet no. 1, “From My Life” (1876).
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 violin family.
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 piano music. His program will include two mazurkas from op. 24; ballade no. 4, op. 52; nocturne op. 15, no. 1; seven etudes from opp. 10 and 25; sonata no. 2, op. 35; and scherzo no. 2, op. 31. You can watch and hear Mr. Dreznin perform Chopin’s Mazurka in G minor, op. 24, here.
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