Master's Recital: Debussy, Bach, and Shostakovich

For those of you in Bloomington, I will be accompanying for a cellist's master's recital here at the Jacobs School of Music. The program features a sonata by Debussy so unbelievably colorful and vivid, your synesthesia will go haywire; some of the clearest, most soul-refreshing chamber music by Bach; and everyone's favorite, Shostakovich's colossal cello concerto no. 1, which, in classical music terms, is known as a bodice-ripper.

To bring you this, we've put in countless hours of arduous, painstaking practice, endured invective, censorship, and misunderstanding from the most trenchant of critics, and gone through long nights of rehearsal punctuated by hours of bickering and quarreling, torn sheet music and thrown metronomes - but always followed by tearful reconciliation. Has it been worth it? Heck yes. But then again, I'll let you all be the judge of that.

When: 7:00pm, Friday, November 8th
Where: Recital Hall, ground floor of Merrill Hall (1201 E 10th St)
Who: Andy Jahn, Piano; Sonja Kraus, Cello

===== Program =====

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
I. Prologue: Sostenuto e molto risoluto
II. Sérénade
III. Finale: Animé: Léger et nerveux

Bach: Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Cello and Piano
I. Adagio non troppo
II. Allegro, ma non tanto
III. Andante quasi Lento
IV. Allegro moderato

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto

Cello Recital: Mendelssohn, Bach, & Grieg

For any of those reading this who live in the Bloomington area, tomorrow I will be accompanying for a cello recital which includes, among other pieces, the Grieg cello sonata in A Minor, Op. 36. This one is a beast, and by far the largest and most demanding cello piece I have yet accompanied (although the Strauss and Mendelssohn cello sonatas are close contenders); but it's also epic in scope, features both displays of dazzling virtuosity and moments of heartstopping intimacy, and has a finale guaranteed to bring down the house. In short, it has all of the qualities I idolize about classical music; which, I hope, will awaken some powerful longing for the beautiful and the sublime within even the most naive listener.

Time: 7:00pm, Monday, February 25th
Location: Ford Hall (2nd Floor of the Simon Music Center, near the corner of 3rd & Jordan)


Mendelssohn: Lied Ohne Worte, Op. 109

Bach: Cello Suite #4 in E-Flat Major, BMV 1010

Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36
   I. Allegro Agitato - Presto - Prestissimo
   II. Andante Molto Tranquilo
   III. Allegro Molto e Marcato

Livestream Link

Just a quick update on the cello recital post yesterday: We have a livestream link for the show which will begin streaming at 5pm EST.

It begins with a solo Bach suite, then the Debussy cello sonata (which Wendelin will accompany), and then a couple of pieces by Respighi and Schumann (which I'll be accompanying for). Click on the link at 5pm, and you should be able to see everything that's going on!

Cello Unchained: Public Recital

Tomorrow at Boxcar Books in Bloomington, there will be a public studio recital featuring cellists from the Jacobs School of Music. The pieces range from virtuosic showpieces (such as the Popper etudes) to lyrical songs without words, and I will be accompanying several of them. So if you're in the area, feel free to stop by!

Boxcar Books Recital  

When: Monday, November 26th, at 7:00pm
Where: Boxcar Books, 408 E 6th St (right next to Runcible Spoon)
Who: The entire cello studio of Emilio Colón
Link to Facebook invite