Violinist Robert Lehmann and pianist Anastais Antonacos present a concert of sonatas for violin and piano by Moazrt, Ravel and Prokofiev
Mozart’s world darkened when his mother died abruptly while he was on tour with his father and sister. A melancholy yet tender mood hovers over his charming Sonata in E minor, K. 304, one of his only works for violin and piano in a minor key.
Maurice Ravel’s Sonata No. 2 in G was composed between 1923-1927 and draws inspiration from American jazz and blues idioms. The work is stylistically quite different from his earlier works. The ’new’ jazz techniques are masterfully juxtaposed by Ravel though his elegant use neo-classical devices, as well as bitonal harmonic elements championed by Stravinsky.
Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 was written during the second world war, between 1938 and 1946. It is one of the composer’s darkest and most brooding works. In preparation for the world premiere, he urged dedicatees David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin to think of the rapid scale passages that feature prominently in the first and last movements as ‘the wind whistling through a graveyard’.
Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music and Director of Strings and Orchestral Activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music where he conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his duties at USM, he is Music Director of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra here in Boston’s North Shore, and the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire.
Anastasia Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall. She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the United States. Dr. Antonacos has made solo appearances with the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
A reception will be held following the concert.
Admission to the concert is free, although donations at the door to support scholarships for music majors are welcome.