Sunday, Sept 23
Minor Hall (UVA)
Nicholas DiEugenio, violinist and professor at Ithaca College, will be giving a 3o-minute pre-concert lecture before the final concert on Sunday, September 23rd, on the “Concord” Sonata. (Those who subscribe to the New Yorker magazine may remember the article written earlier this year by pianist Jeremy Denk (“Flight of the Concord”), discussing the “Concord” Sonata and his experience recording it). According to the composer, Charles Ives, in his “Essays Before a Sonata,” this four-movement piece is composed of “impressionistic pictures of Emerson and Thoreau, a sketch of the Alcotts, and a Scherzo supposed to reflect a lighter quality which is often found in the fantastic side of Hawthorne.” Mr. DiEugenio will enlighten audiences to the historical, literary, and musical aspects of this sonata, preparing them for this epic solo piano piece, to be performed by Mimi Solomon. You can also read the program notes here, written by Timothy Summers.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It takes place before the concert on Sunday, September 23, from 2-2:30 in Minor Hall (next to UVA’s amphitheater). Special thanks to the McIntire Department of Music for providing the use of the lecture hall.
About Nicholas DiEugenio
Praised for his “invigorating, silken” playing and “mysterious atmosphere,” violinist Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile musical life as a multi-faceted performer of composers from Buxtehude to Carter. Projects this year include a Brahms sonata cycle with pianist Mimi Solomon, Bach cantatas, experimental jazz ballads, new music premieres, and several concerts as guest artist with the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble. In demand as a teacher, Mr. DiEugenio has been invited to give masterclasses all over the country. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM, MM ’05), from Purchase College, and from the Yale School of Music (Artist Diploma ’08, MMA ‘09). Read more about himhere.