A Salon of Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Mickey Katz (BSO) and Constantine Finehouse
Greater Boston House Concerts begins 2014 with an exploration of the cello and piano sonatas of the masters Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy.
Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist, Mickey Katz, and pianist, Constantine Finehouse, will traverse Classical, Romantic and Impressionist eras with sonatas for cello and piano by Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy, spanning close to one hundred years of development of this genre. Beethoven's C Major Sonata, Op. 102 No. 1 and Brahms' F Major Sonata op. 99 are firmly grounded in idealistic and idealized pursuits of the 19th century, masterfully oscillating between folk-dance-inspired musical gestures and lofty, often austere church-like chorales. Debussy's terse and conflicted D Minor Sonata shifts brusquely from moments of innocent beauty to passages of anxiety and tension, reflecting the collapse of Europe and of its old ideals, both in life and in art, brought on by WWI, and anticipating the untimely demise of the work's creator, barely two years after its completion.
C. Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano
L. van Beethoven: Sonata for piano and cello in C Major, Op. 102 No.1
Andante- Allegro vivace
Adagio - Tempo d'andante - Allegro vivace
J. Brahms: Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
GREATER BOSTON HOUSE CONCERTS:
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2004, Mickey Katz has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician, and contemporary music specialist. He has received awards from Presser Music, Tanglewood Music Center, the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and more. He has premiered and recorded Menachem Wiesenberg's Cello Concerto and has performed several American and Boston premieres of Elliott Carter's music, working with the composer. Mickey has performed in such venues Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy, and Salle Gaveau in Paris. He participated in the Marlboro Festival and was invited to take part in the Musicians from Marlboro tour. Mickey completed his military service in Israel as a part of the "Distinguished Musician Program". He graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he was a Piatigorsky scholarship student of Laurence Lesser. He teaches privately and is on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and NEC's Preparatory School.
Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his "interpretations of depth and maturity," Constantine Finehouse has performed extensively in the US and abroad, including in Trieste, London, St. Petersburg and Odessa. His new album with cellist Sebastian Baverstam features music of Brahms and Boston composer Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo release, "Backwards Glance," features music of Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. "The Bolcom Project" made in collaboration with with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included an Albany Records CD and a national tour with concerts in Boston, New York, Denver, Santa Barbara, Spokane and at Yale University.Fanfare praised the recording as "indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano." Finehouse is currently recording William Bolcom's piano solo works for Naxos Records. During the recent seasons he has performed at Merkin Recital Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall as well as at University of Georgia and Emory, St. Vincent's and Elmira colleges, among many others. With degrees from Juilliard and Yale, Finehouse teaches at N ew England Conservatory in addition to serving as Visiting Artist/Faculy at Westmont College, CA. For more information visit www.cfinehouse.com or www.facebook.com/ConstantineFinehousePianist.
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