Best of the Bluff Concludes

After a pandemic-delayed second season, the Best of the Bluff series came to a close in the most appropriate fashion—with Artistic Director David Allen Wehr alone on stage, passionately performing Schumann's Fantasy in C Major, op. 17.

The series, which began in the fall of 2019, took an ‘intermission' year, and concluded on February 27 of this year, was comprised of audience favorites from the last 20 years of the Music on the Bluff series. Once again, Wehr brought his all-star cast of performers, many of whom have become regulars on the series, as well as some new faces including the incredible Australian cellist Clancy Newman.

Wehr addressed the audience in the final concert program, saying, "It seems like forever ago (Fall 2018) that I invited you all to submit your requests for "encore" performances; your choices have formed the backbone of the Best of the Bluff series which concludes today. As a result of your endorsements, my colleagues and I have presented for your enjoyment: Schubert's Trout Quintet (the top vote-getter), four of Beethoven's five cello/piano sonatas, Beethoven's Pathetique, Moonlight, and Appassionata piano sonatas, Milhaud's Scaramouche, Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals (with President Ken Gormley narrating!), Franck's Violin/Piano Sonata and works by Debussy, Bartók, David Stock, and so many more. Though the pandemic caused cancellations of live performances from April 2020 through July 2021, our Virtual Music on the Bluff kept our music in your homes, thanks to our fantastic faculty and staff. I like to say that you can see many of our artists on stages downtown and all over the world, but on the stage of PNC Recital Hall, they are always SMILING (even behind a mask), because of you!"

Not even stopping to take a breath, Wehr has already begun planning for the next series, which will be another two-season extravaganza featuring the music of Chopin and Schumann. Details on this series will be published at duq.edu/BluffSeries as they become available.

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