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International stars visit Fairfield for Saturday recital

Published 5:44 pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Veit Hertenstein, of Switzerland, performs Saturday afternoon, March 8, in a free recital as part of Music for Youth's series of Young Persons' Concerts in Fairfield. Photo: Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed

    Veit Hertenstein, of Switzerland, performs Saturday afternoon, March 8, in a free recital as part of Music for Youth's series of Young Persons' Concerts in Fairfield.

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Gifted musicians have the power to inspire the most jaded among us.

Those who have doubts might consider attending an event Saturday afternoon, March 8, in Fairfield, at which "awesome" talent will be celebrated, organizer Cynthia Cummiskey said.

Violist Veit Hertenstein ventures from Switzerland, where he lives in Basil, for a Young Persons' Concert at the Pequot Library, sponsored by the nonprofit Music for Youth. Admission is free for families. Adults, without children, are welcome, too, but are asked to make a donation to the arts group.

He will be joined by pianist Pei Yao Wang, from Taiwan, who is also beginning a tour of the United States with Connecticut concerts, Cummiskey said.

She added that the 50-minute program is especially geared for students 5 to 18 years of age. The concert will be followed by master classes for advanced students, who are asked to register in advance of the recital.

Cummiskey said she attended a concert in Manhattan last year at which Hertenstein performed.

"I knew then that we must have him in Fairfield," Cummiskey said. "He's becoming pretty well known in the viola world: He plays superbly."

Born in Germany, Hertenstein "plays with maturity, technique, thoughtful musicianship, and a tone of dark honey," according to the Boston Musical Intelligencer.

Hertenstein is a first-prize winner of several competitions, including the 2009 New Talent Competition in Slovakia, the Orpheus Competition in Zurich and the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

On Saturday, he'll demonstrate his abilities on works by Bach, Prokofiev and Schumann, as well as Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango," she noted.

"Hearing this calibre of artists is truly incredible and inspirational -- and it's free," Cummiskey said. "We're now in our 19th season and it's our experience that people in Fairfield County want and love good music. There's a real joy and value in classical music that students appreciate once they've been introduced to it.

"In such a technologically crazy world, programs like ours give students that introduction. Kids can easily find access to popular music; classical takes more effort to find. We make it easier.

"Not only are we growing future performers, we're growing audiences for the future."

pasboros@ctpost.com; Twitter: @PhyllisASBoros

Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave, Fairfield. Saturday, March 8, 2 p.m. Free for families; adults attending alone asked to make donation. 203-938-3843, musicforyouth.net. or email musicforyouthct@gmail.com.