Quick Center to present 'A Night in Old Vienna'
Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts will present "A Night in Old Vienna," a performance by pianist Orin Grossman and Quartetto Cornetto, 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in the center, 1073 N. Benson Road.
Grossman's group will play music from three of the greatest composers of all time -- Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Joining Grossman will be Netta Hadari on violin and Matt Beckmann on cello.
The program will consist of "Sonatina for Violin and Piano" by Franz Schubert (1797-1828), "Violin Sonata in E" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (1756-91) and "Archduke Trio" by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). These composers each had associations with Vienna -- Schubert was born there, and Mozart and Beethoven would both move there.
Beethoven's "Archduke Trio" ranks at the top of his chamber music in both popularity and accomplishment and is considered his greatest "Trio." It was written in 1810 and 1811 and comes from the same period when he composed his seventh and eighth symphonies, showing a similar breadth of feeling and spirit.
Schubert's "Sonatina for Violin and Piano," which will open the concert, was discovered among his compositions and published after his death at 31. Most of Schubert's music was known only among his friends and fellow musicians during his lifetime. This piece was almost certainly heard in the private musical evenings he often organized and participated in, and it is now among his most popular chamber pieces.
Mozart's "Violin Sonata in E" is a dramatic work from the 22-year-old Mozart, written during a journey to Paris.
Grossman, having performed and taught at the Fairfield University for almost 35 years, has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, lecturing and performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces around the world.
His recent performances include concerts in Cairo, Egypt; New York; Florence, Italy; and St. Petersburg, Russia, where he performed Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and gave the Russian premiere of Gershwin's "Second Rhapsody" with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
Grossman also has performed chamber music recitals across the country. After many years as academic vice president at the university, he returned to the faculty and is now professor of visual and performing arts.
Hadari was born in London to Israeli parents and moved to Cape Town, South Africa, to finish high school. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Southern Methodist University and Yale University, respectively, and has had solo engagements all over the world.
He teaches at his private violin studio in Fairfield and is the conductor of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra. He also is the part-time development director of Music Haven, a nonprofit organization that builds community in the underserved communities of New Haven.
Beckmann has performed contemporary as well as classical music in such varied venues as Carnegie Hall and Joe's Pub. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, he was a member of the conservatory's contemporary ensemble and worked closely with such composers as Steve Reich, John Harbison and Elliot Carter.
He is the cellist of the Haven String Quartet in residence at Music Haven.
Tickets, at $35, are available by phone at 203-254-4010 or online at www.quickcenter.com.