Sunday February 26, 2022
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast
– A “hybrid” concert –
cello & piano
A Romance for Two
Celebrate a Second Valentine’s Day with the lush warmth of the cello nestled in the piano’s loving embrace. The triumphant resonance and heartfelt yearning of Brahms’ second cello sonata pairs beautifully with Francis Poulenc’s juxtapositions of delicate French effervescence, satirical intensity, and luxurious lyricism.
“Sonate pour Violoncelle et Piano“
(1948) Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Allegro – Tempo di Marcia
Cavatine – Très calme
Ballabile – Très animé et gai
Finale – Largo, très librement – Presto, subito
“Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major“
Op. 99 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Taiwanese-Canadian cellist Loewi Lin grew up in Taiwan and moved to Calgary when he was seven. Loewi started playing cello at age 11 but always wanted to be a doctor; as a high school senior, he converted to music and has been a devout follower ever since.Loewi attended the Cleveland Institute, the University of Ottawa, and New England Conservatory. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall in the New York String Orchestra as well as the Taos School of Music, Tanglewood Music Festival, and the Ravinia Steans Music Institute.Loewi lived in Boston for 11 years where he helped found the unique conductor-less chamber orchestra A Far Cry. The group is now an established institution in the music fabric of Boston, with residencies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the New England Conservatory. In the past, he has played with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, and the Boston Symphony, in addition to teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy. Currently, Loewi is the principal cellist of the Boston Lyric Opera and a member of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Described as “carefully colored” and “sensitive” by The Washington Post in November of 2015, Christopher Schmitt was also hailed as a “formidable talent” and “mature beyond his years” by The Santa Barbara News-Press, regarding his performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. Mr. Schmitt completed his doctorate at The Juilliard School in 2016, and has been sponsored for concerts by The Chopin Foundation of the United States in Miami, The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation in New York, Concerts at the Alden Series in Virginia, and for many performances in the Boston, New York, and Washington DC metropolitan areas. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Schmitt performed fourteen chamber music concerts at the Music at Menlo festival, and for the last three summers has performed and taught at the festival Málaga Clasica in Spain, as well as performing in July of 2016 in the inaugural year of his own chamber music festival in Barcelona, Classics in Catalan. Mr. Schmitt currently resides in Washington, D.C., and, as the newest pianist of the “President’s Own” US Marine Chamber Orchestra, performs regularly in the White House and in concert halls across the Washington DC metropolitan area, leading a multifaceted career as chamber musician, pedagogue, and soloist.
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