Art of the Recital

Art of the Recital presents: Kreutzer

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Sunday, December 2, 3:00 PM – Congregational Church of Topsfield, MA

Saturday, December 8, 7:00 PM – Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA

Peckins and Akahori will perform Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata – a piece so compelling, it inspired Leo Tolstoy in his novella The Kreutzer Sonata – as well as virtuoso pieces by Paganini, Monti, and Brahms, a collection of Baroque dances by Bach, and Corelli’s famous “La Folia” Sonata.  Click the links above for full program details and tickets.

Art of the Recital: The Concept

Violinist Joshua Peckins and pianist Eliko Akahori perform masterpieces of the violin and piano repertoire in electrifying duo recitals, blending passionate performances and spoken introductions from the stage, with a mission to engage audiences in the experience of live classical music in intimate recital settings.

From the most passionate and expressive sonatas, to dazzlingly virtuosic showpieces, to intimate and lyrical salon pieces written for simple pleasure – these programs present a wide range of experiences for listeners, all celebrating the wide artistic potential of the violin.

Watch this video for recent performance highlights and stories from Peckins about what Art of the Recital means to him.

Art of the Recital presents:

Spring, 2019: Liberation

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Sunday, May 19, 3:00 PM – Congregational Church of Topsfield, MA

Friday, May 24, 7:00 PM – Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA

Art of the Recital: The Mission

Joshua Peckins launched the “Art of the Recital” concert series in 2016, with a mission to:

  • Invigorate audiences with passionate, world class performances of the most powerful and moving violin recital repertoire
  • Stimulate community interest and engagement in attending live classical concerts by performing live, in intimate recital venues, and communicating actively with audiences about the power, purpose, and value of live classical music

Having performed as soloist in North America, Europe, and Asia, Peckins is committed to invigorating audiences with passionate performances of the great works.  “His way of making music intensive, profound, intelligent and on stage he shows a sensitiveness and poetic phantasy in his performances which rarely are to find among the young violinists of our time.” – Michael Frischenschlager, President of the International Fritz Kreisler Competition.  Click here for a full concert bio.

Peckins was quoted by the Tritown Transcript (“Boxford Violinist to Perform Recital,” 11/7/2017) about one of the first performances:

“I hope people will come out to hear the first performances this year and will sense that they are not only attending one concert, but also participating in the community’s vibrancy and artistic health,” Peckins said. “We are blessed with a profound cultural legacy that is Classical Music — having this music performed live, frequently and in the community, accessibly and affordably, adds so much to the richness of our lives.”

Joshua Peckins connects with audiences by speaking from the stage, inviting them into a richer and more personal experience of hearing the performance.  In the video below, Peckins speaks about Tartini’s “Didone Abbandonata” at a recent recital in Cambridge, MA.

Music / Programing

Peckins and Akahori present several unique programs each season.  The 2018/2019 season includes Art of the Recital: Kreutzer and Art of the Recital: Liberation.

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The 2017/2018 season included Art of the Recital: Spring and Fire and Art of the Recital: Passion.


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Duo Photo 1

Above, a recent performance by Peckins and Akahori in Belmont, MA

Boxford Church Recital

Above, a recent performance by Peckins and Akahori in Boxford, MA

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Previous Performances/Repertoire

May, 2018: Spring and Fire

November, 2017: Passion