Upcoming DMA Recital, April 13th, 2014

UPDATE 4/1/14: Due to unfortunate circumstances, I won’t be able to perform with Christopher at this time.  Instead, I will be joined by Jasmin Arakawa.  An incredible and accomplished pianist, I am looking forward to playing with her!

This recital is part of a concert series featuring Urbana Pops Orchestra principals performing at the Urbana Free Library.  Sunday, April 13th, at 2 pm at the Urbana Free Library auditorium (lower level) – 210 W. Green St. in Urbana.  I hope to see you there!

We will be appearing on WILL Radio’s Live and Local program on Tuesday, April 8th during the 4pm hour to play and talk a little about the event.

We will be performing:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Sonata for viola da gamba and keyboard #2 in D Major, BWV 1028
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro

Emanuel Vardi (1915-2011): Suite for Viola and Piano (Based on American Folksongs)
I. Beginning
II. Song
III. Not So Square Dance
IV. Ad lib & Slow Walk
V. Middle Fiddler in 3/4 Time

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Sonata in f minor, op. 120, no. 1
I. Allegro Appassionato
II. Andante un poco adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Vivace

Kenji Bunch (b. 1973): The 3G’s for solo viola


Original post: 3/22/14:
I am thrilled to announce that I will perform my next DMA recital with my dear friend, Christopher Ohanian!

I met this phenomenal pianist during one of my summers at Chautauqua.  Here is his bio:

Praised for his rich tonal palette, with a “wondrous multitude of colors” and “enormous sensitivity” to character and drama (Fuldaer Zeitung, Germany), pianist Christopher Ohanian is gaining devoted audiences in the US and abroad as soloist and chamber musician.  His concerto performances have included engagements with the Walenstein, Boynton Regional, and Florida Atlantic University symphony orchestras, and this spring—in addition to forming a piano trio, with performances planned across the East Coast next season—he is making his second annual tour of Florida and the Midwest with cellist Christian Schrock.   A recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University (B.M., magna cum laude), where he studied with Judith Burgänger, his awards have included the annual scholarship of the National Chopin Foundation and 1st prize in the Florida MTNA and Gray Perry Collegiate piano competitions.  In addition to playing music, he enjoys designing complex origami sculptures, knitting fancy socks for friends and family, leading interpretive nature hikes through swamps of the Florida Everglades, and exploring other countries and cultures from the seat of his bike by the seat of his pants.

We will be performing Emanuel Vardi’s “Suite on American Folk Songs,” J.S. Bach’s Gamba sonata #2 in D Major, Brahms’ sonata #1 in f minor, and Kenji Bunch’s “The 3G’s.”

The concert will be on Sunday, April 13th, at 2 pm at the Urbana Free Library auditorium (lower level) – 210 W. Green St. in Urbana.  I hope to see you there!

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