Program #1: Portrait of a Musical and Romantic Love Triangle

Robert Schumann: Sonata in A minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 105

Robert Schumann: Fairy Tales, Op. 132

Clara Schumann: Three Romances for Violin and Piano in D-flat major, Op. 22, No. 1

INTERMISSION

Omar Daniels: Wild Honey

Brahms: Sonatensatz

Brahms: Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 108

The above program consists of music which highlights the unique relationships between Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann. Both Brahms and Schumann’s mutual admiration for each other will be highlighted in this program by drawing similarities between the two. The two men were enraptured by Clara’s very essence and she served as inspiration for countless works from both of them. On the other hand, Clara (one of the pre-eminent pianists of her day) exposed them to the world, through her tireless advocacy of their music. Her own music has long been overshadowed by the music of the men in her life, and we present her Three Romances, in which her own distinct compositional spirit shines forth brightly. We would also like to commission a Canadian composer to write a work in this spirit.

We present colorful commentary between pieces on this program that highlights this unique personal relationship between the three. These musical figures are so closely linked throughout musical history; our goal is to try to bring about a more personal understanding of these composers. Instead of accentuating the “tabloid" nature of their relationship, the theme of “love" itself will be emphasized. The music of the Romantic era is so beloved for precisely this reason; it conjures up emotions which can be innately felt by anyone. The aim is for an audience to leave our concerts having a greater understanding of this very special musical trio, yet to also be moved by a theme which is truly timeless. We find that we can touch audiences by setting up a meaningful musical dialogue in which we can engage them while also stimulating them.



Program #2: Fantasies

Franz Schubert: Fantasia in C major for Violin and Piano, D.934

Bright Sheng: Three Fantasies for Violin and Piano (2005)

Yvar Mikhashoff: Portrait of Madame Butterfly: An operatic sonata-fantasy on themes of Puccini in 4 parts, for solo Piano

Pablo Sarasate: Carmen Fantasie for Violin, Op. 17

Franz Liszt: Fantasy on Themes from "Niobe" by Paccini for Violin and Piano


Program #3: Rhythm and Blues

Igor Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano

Astor Piazzola: Le Grand Tango for Violin and Piano (arr. Sofia Guibadulina)

George Gershwin: Three Preludes for Violin and Piano (arr. Jascha Heifitz)

William Bolcom: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major



Program #4: American Classics

Aaron Copland: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Charles Ives: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano

John Adams: Road Movies (1995) for Violin and Piano

John Corigliano: Sonata for Violin and Piano



Program #5: A Musical Voyage to France

Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano

INTERMISSION

Ravel: from Le Tombeau de Couperin, for solo piano
Prelude
Minuet
Toccata

Messiaen: Theme and Variations for Violin and Piano

Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Claire de Lune
(Trans. by J. Heifitz for violin and piano)

Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Piano


Program #6: Complete works for Violin and Piano by Brahms
Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Sonatensatz (Scherzo from FAE Sonata)