Birthday Series: Johannes Brahms

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Please join us while we celebrate the life and music of Johannes Brahms (May 7, 1833 – April 3, 1897).

Friday, 7 May 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto

Brahms concert 7:30pm 7 May 2010, Heliconian Hall, Toronto

I will be playing the wonderful F minor sonata composed in 1894, just three years before the end of Brahms life. This is one of Brahms’ last pieces of chamber music, from a set of two sonatas written for Brahms’ friend, virtuoso clarinetist Richard Muhlfield. When the sonatas were first heard (first performance 19 September 1894: Richard Muhlfeld on clarinet, Brahms on piano), Brahms was begged to create versions for viola and piano as well. He obliged, much to the delight of violists everywhere. (There is very little written for solo viola.)

Clarinetists and violists often have arguments about which instrument works better for the sonata. Perhaps surprisingly, the consensus is that the 1st sonata is much more satisfying on the viola but the 2nd is more satisfying on the clarinet – or vice versa. It’s rare that clarinetists and violists will favour their own instruments exclusively for the sonatas.

As excited as I am to be playing the sonata, I’m almost more thrilled to be performing the two stunningly beautiful songs for Contralto, Viola and Piano.

Not only will there be Brahmsian music, but there are also door prizes and after the concert, you will be invited to stay for complimentary birthday cake, served with tea and coffee (regular, herbal and decaf!).

Tickets are $20 (Regular) and $15 (Senior/Student). To reserve tickets, please email tickets(at)birthdayseries(dot)ca or call 416-944-2655.

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What kind of cake, you ask? Ha!! Come to the concert and see…. Teaser: Yes, there will be Schlag. :-)