My Duo Recital at FUMC in Pasadena this Saturday, May 11 at 2pm 2013 5/8/13

May 8, 2013

My husband, David Garrett, a cello,  and I have been performing our annual recital at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena for many year. We called ourselves as The Belrose Duo. Mainly we like to do (!), but also we like to help the music program at FUMC. A free-will offering at the recital will be donated to Friends of Music Fund. This Fund helps special music programs and the music department at the church. This year we will be performing the program of Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924): Sonata No2. for cello and piano, Op. 39, Frank Bridge (1879-1941): Elegie and Scherzo, Frederick Delius (1862-1934): Sonata for violoncello and piano,  Gabriel Faure (1845-1924): Apres un reve, Op. No. 1 and Papillon, Op. 77, and David Popper (1843-1913): Autumn and Dances of the Gnomes from “In the Forest”, Op. 55,  and Concert-Polonaise No. 2, Op. 28.

We will start the program with an Irish composer, Stanford, whose musical style is typical Romantic, like Brahms. Each 3 movement in his Sonata has different voices to offer, and especially I like the lyricism in the 2nd movement. After Stanford we will move into Bridge’s short character pieces.  Elegie is beautiful, and Scherzo is fun and mischievous. After the intermission we will play another English composer, Delius, whose music is impressionistic and imaginative, no structure to hold on to, and flows freely. Then we will play Encores (!) planned in the program. As you see 2013 makes David Popper’s centennial year. He was a Bohemian cellist and composer. He was a super virtuoso cellist and respected teacher in European music scene in 19th-20th century. He taught Adolf Schiffer who was a teacher of late Janoz Starker. (Popper was married to a pianist, Sophie Menter, a pupil of Liszt, and their marriage did not last… )

The church is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, and its sanctuary has an amazing acoustic. I hope you can join us for Saturday afternoon concert,  May 11 at 2pm, and you may enjoy strolling Colorado Blvd afterwards. The church website is: fumcpasadena.org

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