Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hope Center, Hope Lutheran Church

45900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

6 pm (Pre-concert lecture)

Steinway History, Our History:

Why It Matters and What to Do About It

Laurence Libin, Honorary Curator, Steinway & Sons

7 pm (Concert)

"The Contest":

Four Historic Keyboards vie for Position

 

Charles Metz, Sonia Lee, Randall Love, Elaine Funaro,

Monica Jakuc Leverett and Margaret Irwin-Brandon,

fortepiano and harpsichord

Desert Baroque Festival Ensemble

Rick Wilson and John Barcellona, traverse flute
Andrew McIntosh and Amy Wang, violin
Sylvia Lee Mann, viola
Marylin Winkle, cello
Gabriel Golden, bass

Six Desert Baroque’s Festival Keyboardists, Charles Metz, Sonia Lee, Randall Love, Elaine Funaro, Monica Jakuc Leverett and Margaret Irwin-Brandon, perform on four 18th-century  keyboards - 2 harpsichords in the Flemish style, and 2 fortepianos in the Viennese style.

Joined by the Desert Baroque Festival Ensemble in concerti by J.S. Bach - A Minor, for 4 keyboards, C.P.E. Bach for Fortepiano and Harpsichord, and a new work by Asako Hirabayashi, six performing keyboardists combine in repertoire of the late 18th Century. The sound of much plucking - two harpsichords in Bach's Concerto in C Major; the sound of leather hammers on brass strings - 2 fortepianos, and the combination of both make this event a treat for eye and ear. Playing in the round, the performers create a focused but moving sound in an acoustically rewarding environment. Of special note in this unusual combination of instruments is a recent work composed for 4 harpsichords and string quintet in an avant-garde manner. The composer is delighted that we will substitute 2 of those harpsichords with fortepianos. Music of Mozart and Haydn share the love.

Tickets: $30 general $45 reserved

Full Festival Subscription:

  • $275 (includes 4 concerts reserved seating, 3 masterclasses, and Sunday lunch)

  • Partner of participant: $110 (includes 4 concerts and Sunday lunch)

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Palm Springs, California, USA

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