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This preview has been provided by the St. Stephen's Concert Series.
On Sunday, January 19, violinist Nicholas Kitchen will return to his home church with pianist Sean Gallagher for a program featuring two sonatas for violin and piano: Beethoven's fist shaking 7th Sonata in C minor and Fauré's Sonata No. 1 in A major. Their 4:00 p.m. concert at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Durham will be preceded by a half-hour Pre-Concert Discussion at 3:00 p.m.
The sonatas will be surrounded by shorter, but scarcely less substantial, works. Preceding them will be two 20th century pieces composed within four years of each other: Messiaen's Theme and Variations (1932) and Bartók's First Rhapsody (1928). Completing these "sonata sandwiches" will be two very popular showpieces by Saint-Saëns and Ravel.
Messiaen: Theme and Variations
Beethoven: Sonata No. 7 for piano and violin in C minor
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Bartók: First Rhapsody
Fauré: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A major
Nicholas Kitchen, faculty member at the New England Conservatory, first violinist and founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Heifetz International Music Institute, is well-known to Triangle music lovers.
Dr. Sean Gallagher, who is appearing for the first time at St. Stephen's, was honored this June by being inducted into the John Hopkins Society of Scholars, the first musician or music scholar to be so honored in the Society's 52-year history. An article about the June inductees includes the following paragraph.
Music historian and pianist Sean Gallagher teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music. An internationally recognized authority on music in late medieval and Renaissance Europe, he has published articles on an array of subjects and is the author or editor of five books, ranging in topics from plainchant to Mozart. He is well-known for his public lectures that span much of the history of Western music, and he has performed with orchestras and in solo and chamber recitals in numerous American and European cities. He received his bachelor's degree from the Peabody Institute at age 19. Following completion of his master's studies at Peabody with Leon Fleisher and a further year of study in Europe, Gallagher returned to the U.S. for his PhD in music history at Harvard University, pursuing a long-standing interest in earlier repertories.
Single tickets ($25) will be available at the door with free admission for anyone 18 or under. A reception will follow the concert. St. Stephen's Church is located at 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, NC 27707.