Concert violinist Joshua Peckins performs masterpieces of the solo violin repertoire, joined by Eliko Akahori on the piano.
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.
The Power of Live Music – Be There!
Spring and Fire!
Hear it May 2018
This recital features Beethoven’s beloved Spring Sonata, an open-hearted greeting to the new season!
Similarly optimistic and joyful, Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style is a wonderful introduction to the late Russian composer. Schnittke was in love with the Baroque Period – this sonata is actually based on film music written by Schnittke in the baroque style.
Next, we turn to virtuosity and fire with the famous Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate. Beloved and admired by students and professionals alike, Sarasate’s lyrical, exciting, and romantic music showcases the diva-esque side of the violin!
Schnittke’s Rondo introduces a new side of the composer. Still highly approachable, this pieces shows flashes of the composer’s ironic side.
An astonishingly difficult work, the Ysaye’s Solo Sonata No 2 is sure to impress. Huge chords and lightning fast scales are typical of Ysaye, but this sonata also includes his more intimate, simple musical style.
As encores Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Libertango bring the experience to a fiery and fun conclusion!
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Directions to Venues and Parking
The First Church in Cambridge is located at 11 Garden St, just outside of Harvard Square. Metered parking is plentiful in Harvard Square in easy walking distance. If taking public transportation, the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line is a five minute walk. Handicapped accessible parking spaces are on Garden St, directly in front of the church. For more information, please visit the church’s website: http://www.firstchurchcambridge.org/about-us/directions-and-parking
The Second Congregational Church of Boxford is located in West Boxford Center, at the intersection of Rt. 133 and Main Street. Free parking is available in the church parking lot.
The Topsfield Congregational Church is located at 80 Main St, at the intersection of Main St and Washington St (Rt 97), by the Topsfield Common. (If you use GPS, please use the 80 Main St address – not 9 E Common St, which is the administrative address listed on the church’s website.) . Free parking is available. For more information, please visit the church’s website: http://www.topsfieldchurch.org/directions-parking
The Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church is located at 421 Common St, Belmont, MA, 02474. (Please be advised, the concert is at the Belmont location – not the alternate Watertown location.) Free parking is available in the church parking lot. For more information, please visit the church’s website: http://www.bwumc.org/
This Program was Performed in November 2017
Sunday, November 19, 3:00 PM – Second Congregational Church in Boxford
Thursday, November 30, 7:00 PM – First Church in Cambridge
Opening with Tartini’s tragic “Didone Abbandonata,” a sonata inspired by the heartbreaking story of Didone – history and myth often focus on the heroic conquests of Aeneas, while his scorned lover Didone is left to suffer alone, in the wake of his triumphs. This passionate, baroque sonata captures her love and suffering.
Bach’s Solo Sonata No 2 is a monumental totem of the violin repertoire, not only because of Bach’s exquisite expressive genius, but also for the sheer technical difficulty imposed on the violinist! (You can hear some of this piece on the listen page, recorded live at a recital by Joshua in Asahikawa, Japan.)
Arvo Paert, a living composer, wrote “Fratres” in in 1980. Accessible and engaging, this short work dazzles with magnificent chordal climaxes and and bewitches with profoundly calm, peaceful melodies. If you are not yet familiar with Arvo Paert’s work, you are sure to become a fan after hearing this recital!
The Strauss Sonata is considered by many to be among the most virtuosic works ever written for the violin and piano. Sweeping arcs of melody, charming cafe style romances, pyrotechnic displays of technique, and a youthful optimism throughout earn this sonata its rightful place among the masterpieces of the Romantic Period. (You can hear excerpts from this sonata on the listen page, recorded by Joshua in Montreal, Canada.)
Encores Silent Night and Polka by Schnittke introduce one of the composers in the Spring 2018 recitals. Silent Night is a beautiful, but ironic, take on the holiday favorite. Polka is every bit as fun as the name implies!
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