FSU’s Department of Music to Present Dr. Jay DeWire With Violinist Heather Haughn in Faculty-Guest Artist Series Concert
The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present pianist Dr. Jay DeWire and violinist Heather Haughn in a Faculty-Guest Artist Series concert, “German (?) Violin Sonatas,” on Sunday, March 8, 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.
The program will include Johannes Brahms’ “Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major” and César Franck’s “Violin Sonata.”
As Brahms was composing his “Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major,” he was also engaged in a compositional debate over the destiny of the German musical tradition: would German music move into the future with Wagner’s concept of “total art work” and the program music of Strauss and Liszt, or could the tradition of chamber music that originated with Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven continue to be relevant? Meanwhile, Franck spent most of his adult life as the champion of a newly resurgent French nationalist tradition of instrumental music, exemplified by his “Violin Sonata.” There was just one problem – Franck’s style was essentially German, hence the question mark in the concert title.
Brahms composed the “Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78, ‘Regensonate’” for violin and piano during 1878 and 1879. Each of the three movements of this sonata shares common thematic materials from the principal motif of Brahms’ two songs “Regenlied” (“Rain Song”) and “Nachklang” (“Echo”), and this is why this sonata is also called the “Rain Sonata” (“Regen-Sonate”).
Franck’s “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano” was written in 1886 as a wedding present for violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. It is one of his best-known compositions and is a mixture of his rich native harmonic language with the Classical traditions he valued highly, held together in a cyclic framework. The piece is notable for the difficulty of its piano part. Its technical problems include frequent extreme extended figures and virtuoso runs and leaps.
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. 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. He teaches piano and history at FSU.
Haughn enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic. She is on the faculty of Goucher College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Haughn has performed as soloist and concertmaster with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Sinfonietta and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Sunday, March 8 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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