May 19 & 20, 2018: “BEETHOVEN TO BRAHMS… & E.T. A. HOFFMANN”

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A Special Concert with
accompanying presentation about
the birth of romanticism.

Samuel Nebyu – violin

Yoni Draiblate, cello

Katarzyna Salwinski, piano

Rollin Wilber, piano

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E.T.A. HOFFMANN: Grand Piano Trio in E major
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in E major, op.109
BRAHMS: Piano Trio #1 in B major
SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano


Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (1776-1822) was a Prussian Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror. He wrote tales which led to such famous musical productions as “The Tales of Hoffmann” and “The Nutcracker Suite.” He was also a composer, music critic, draftsman, caricaturist; and a great admirer of Beethoven.

Hoffmann_Selbstportrait_Fantasiestücke“Thus Beethoven’s instrumental music opens to us the realm of the monstrous and immeasurable, and we sense giant shadows surging to and fro…

There was an enormous outpouring of Romantic expression through music throughout the 1800’s, with Beethoven as an iconic force of nature at its wellspring.

We have chosen captivating works of late Beethoven, stretching the boundaries of a piano sonata into new territory; earlier Brahms, with his first piano trio’s rapturous melodies and passionate musical invention; and an alluring work for cello by the great romantic poet, Robert Schumann.

Hoffmann felt that music was…

“… the most Romantic of all arts… it unlocks for mankind an unknown realm – a world having nothing in common with the surrounding outer world of the senses…

Hoffmann was a presence in both the literary and musical worlds during the birth of Romanticism, andMax_Klinger_-_Kuss expressed intense ideas about human artistic spirit, in deeply imaginative ways. We give tribute to his love for Beethoven by playing Hoffmann’s own exuberantly charming Piano Trio in E major, a piece that is still rarely heard today.

“Only with this pain of love, hope, joy – which consumes but does not destroy – we live on, enchanted seers of the ghostly world!”

Expanded with historic imagery and our commentary, this concert aims to thoughtfully blend splendid music with perceptions about artists, composers, and an unrelenting journey to express beyond words their deepest longings.

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SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

IVY HALL – International Institute for Culture
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ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $10/students

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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm

1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $15/members; $10/students

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