Monday, November 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Dohnányi was championed from the age of seventeen by no less than Johannes Brahms, but his tuneful, brilliant and heart-on-sleeve Romanticism was soon considered old-fashioned compared to the more dissonant music of his contemporaries. However, today's audiences are increasingly being won over by Dohnányi's sincerity, skill and emotionalism. Bartók's Contrasts were commissioned by the great jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, who adored playing the three different musical pictures, ending with a "Hungarian hoe-down," complete with a deliberately mistuned violin.
Ernő von Dohnányi: Piano Quintet #1 in C Minor, op. 1
Sextet in C Major, op. 37
Harp Concertino, op. 45
Béla Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty
David Allen Wehr, Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair
Charles Stegeman, Violin, Concertmaster, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Chair of Strings
Rachel Stegeman, Violin, Concertmaster, Wheeling Symphony
Marylène Gingras-Roy, Viola, PSO
Ron Samuels, Clarinet, PSO
Zachary Smith, Assistant Principal Horn, PSO
Gretchen Van Hoesen, Principal Harp, PSO
Randolph Kelly, Principal Viola, PSO
David Premo, Associate Principal Cello, PSO