Dr. Jay DeWire to Present FSU Faculty Artist Series Concert
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will kick off the spring semester with a performance by pianist Dr. Jay DeWire in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public.
DeWire’s program will include “English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Klavierstücke, Op. 76” by Johannes Brahms, and “Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78” and “Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
The one element that sets “English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807” apart from the five other suites Bach wrote “for the English” is the concluding gigue, a dance in 6/8 time that completely surrenders to melody and rhythm, forsaking the counterpoint that ends every other work in the set.
“Klavierstücke, Op. 76” is the first set of miniature masterpieces that were to comprise the remaining output of Brahms’ solo piano music. They are all imbued with Brahms’ now fully matured technique of “developing variation” in which the entire musical fabric is spun from germinal motives, often a single one for an entire piece. The intense and strict organizational principles serve to enhance and distill the emotional power in a way that gives these short works a gravity and sophistication that belies their small scale.
“Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78” is dedicated to Countess Therese von Brunswick, once thought to be a candidate for Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved.” It was one of the composer’s favorite sonatas.
“Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57” unleashed in 1805, is considered by many, including Beethoven, to be one of his greatest sonatas. Opening with a dark, enigmatic theme – one of the most striking curtain-raisers in any of the composer’s sonatas – the work abruptly explodes with what some have called shrieks of rage and unfolds with a volatile, start-and-stop rhythmic scheme that lends it a particular sense of conflict and urgency. The sonata’s “Appassionata” subtitle is not Beethoven’s own; it was first applied by a Hamburg publisher in 1838.
DeWire has performed across the United States as a soloist, collaborator and member of the West Shore Piano Trio. Highlights include two performances as a soloist with the Prince George’s Philharmonic and concerts in Chautauqua, Los Angeles and New Mexico with the West Shore Piano Trio. DeWire began playing piano at the age of four and gave his first solo recital at age 12. In 2007, he earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Music in College Park, Md. He has appeared in several competitions, received an honorable mention at the Washington, D.C., Beethoven Competition and was a finalist in the American Musicological Society (Mid-Atlantic Chapter) Writing Competition. DeWire has also received numerous prizes, including the Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize and a Dean of Faculty Fellowship at the University of Virginia, as well as scholarships at the University of Maryland, New England Conservatory and University of Virginia. He teaches piano and history at FSU.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Sunday, February 3 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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