Monday, April 4, 2011

Last Concert of the Season: Beethoven, Biss & Fried

The final concert of Market Square Concerts 2010-2011 season is Tuesday night, April 12 at 6 p.m. at Whitaker Center.

(Yes, that’s 6pm – as in SIX p.m. – and that is not a typo! It is earlier than the usual start time of 8:00, so be warned!)

This recital features the charismatic and accomplished violinist Miriam Fried and her son, Jonathan Biss, whose career as a recitalist and orchestral soloist has taken off into the stratosphere. Jonathan Biss is coming to Harrisburg from Chicago, where he's substituting on Sunday for Murray Perahia in a Chicago Symphony sponsored recital.

Our concert on the 12th begins at 6 p.m. because he has to bolt to Boston immediately afterwards, where he'll begin rehearsals the next morning to play Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with the Boston Symphony.

It’s Beethoven on the program in Harrisburg, in between – Fried and Biss will play four of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano, a rare opportunity to enjoy a juxtaposition of examples of this music in a single recital.

I’ve posted more information about the music on the program here.

As Ellen Hughes writes in the press release, “This is the last concert with me as Market Square Concerts' Executive Director. My successors are the young, energetic and talented couple Ya-Ting Chang and Peter Sirotin as Executive and Artistic Directors respectively. Although they officially begin July 1, they'll be at the concert for you to meet on the 12th.

“The board of Market Square Concerts invites you to have a glass of bubbly to celebrate this happy transition at a reception after the concert. Brochures about our next season will be available at the concert."

Oh, and did I mention the performance begins at 6:00pm?

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