Past Performance Schedule - 2010


Sunday, January 24, at 3:00 p.m.
PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Principally Poulenc", Program Three for "Musique on the Bluff: The French Seasons II", PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University Four major works by important 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc will be heard: the lyrical Sonata for Flute and Piano (written for Jean-Pierre Rampal), the sassy Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, the imposing sextet for Piano and Winds and the endearing setting of Jean de Brunhoff's "The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant", narrated by father Dr. David A. Wehr. Also on the program will be saxophone virtuoso James Houlik and Pittsburgh Symphony Principal French Horn William Caballero in unusual works by Koechlin (dedicated to movie star Jean Harlow) and Dukas. At 2:15p. Ann Labounsky will perform French organ music. $10 suggested donation. For more information, www.sites.duq.edu/french-seasons.


Sunday, February 14, at 3:00 p.m.
PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Debussy Diversly" Program Four for "Musique on the Bluff: The French Seasons II", PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University Toward the end of his life, Claude Debussy began writing a projected series of six sonatas for "diverse instruments" and this program contains the three that he completed, for violin and piano, for cello and piano, and for flute, viola and harp, with Gretchen Van Hoesen, Principal Harp of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The program concludes with David Allen Wehr and Duquesne faculty colleagues in Faure's luscious Piano Quartet no. 1. At 2:15p, "MoJoe", jazz artists Maureen Budway and Joe Utterback perform love songs for Valentine's Day. $10 suggested donation. For more information, www.sites.duq.edu/french-seasons.


Sunday, March 14, at 3:00 p.m.
PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Ravel Revue", Program Five for "Musique on the Bluff: The French Seasons II", PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University An all-star cast of Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Andres Cardenes, Principal Cello Anne Martindale Williams and David Allen Wehr headlines this all-Ravel program. Wehr opens with a bouquet of solo piano works: the perennial favorite "Pavane for a Dead Princess" (Ravel's first hit), the sparkling "Fountains" (Jeux d'eau) and the rarely-heard solo piano version of Mother Goose Suite. Then Cardenes and Williams tackle the notoriously difficult Sonata for Violin and Cello, before joining with Wehr for the stunning Piano Trio. At 2:15p, the Director of Education for the Carnegie Museum of Art talks about French Impressionism in art and music. $10 suggested donation. For more information, www.sites.duq.edu/french-seasons.


Monday, April 5, at 8:00 p.m.
Recital, Music for Rodef Shalom, Temple Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

An all-Chopin recital marking the composer's 200th birthday, with the Sonata no. 2 (Funeral March), Sonata no. 3, Three Nocturnes op. 9 and Three Waltzes op. 64 (including the Minute Waltz). For ticket information and directions, visit www.rodefshalom.org.


June 11-19
Sunflower Music Festival
Washburn University's White Concert Hall
Topeka, Kansas

Visit www.sunflowermusicfestival.org for program details.

All concerts are free and open to the public, though early arrival is advisable. Performances marked with an * are with pianist Cynthia Raim.

  • Friday, June 11
    Sunflower Festival Orchestra, Alex Klein, conductor
    Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos in E-Flat Major, K. 365*
  • Saturday, June 12
    Chamber Music
    Poulenc: Sonata for Two Pianos*
    Milhaud: Scaramouche for Two Pianos*
    Saint-Saens: Septet in E-Flat Major, op. 65
  • Monday, June 14
    Chamber Music
    Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals*
  • Friday, June 18
    Chamber Music
    White: The Nymph's Lament for Oboe, Viola and Piano
    Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34
  • Saturday, June 19
    Sunflower Festival Orchestra, Alex Klein, conductor
    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and Orchestra
    Ives: Three Places in New England (chamber orchestra version, 1929)
    Bolcom: Commedia for (almost) 18th-Century Orchestra
    Daugherty: MXYZPTLK (playing synthesizer)
    Still: Darker America

July 7-10 Buzzards Bay Musicfest
Marion, Massachusetts

Cynthia Raim joins the Musicfest artist roster this season for some two-piano treats:

  • Wednesday, July 7: Orchestra concert with Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos
  • Thursday, July 8: Chamber music concert with Schumann Variations for two pianos, two cellos and French horn
  • Saturday, July 10: Chamber music concert with Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals in its original chamber version. Ogden Nash's verses will be read by festival Artistic Director, Russell Patterson

All concerts at 8p at Tabor Academy; free admission. For more information, visit www.buzzardsbaymusicfest.org


Saturday, August 7, at 8:00 p.m.
Recital for National Federation of Music Clubs Fall Session
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For more information, visit www.nfmc-music.org.


Sunday, September 19 at 3pm
Bicentennials on the Bluff: Program I
PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The opening concert explores the imaginative and joyful way Schumann approaches chamber ensembles, highlighted by the Piano Quintet, the first masterpiece written for the combination of piano and string quartet, and the Piano Quartet, its lesser-known but equally beautiful sibling. The Fantasy-Pieces for Clarinet and Piano and the Adagio and Allegro for French Horn and Piano are deservedly repertory staples, most often played in arrangements, but heard here in Schumann's original instrumentations.

  • Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, op. 73
  • Piano Quartet, op. 47
  • Adagio and Allegro for French Horn and Piano, op. 70
  • Piano Quintet, op. 44
    MPSM Faculty:
  • David Allen Wehr, piano, Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair
  • Charles Stegeman, violin, Associate Professor and Chair of Strings
  • Rachel Stegeman, violin, Adjunct Professor
  • Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola, Adjunct Professor, member PSO
  • Joen Vasquez, viola, Adjunct Professor, Assistant Principal PSO
  • Adam Liu, cello, Adjunct Professor, Assistant Principal PSO
  • Ron Samuels, clarinet, Adjunct Professor, member PSO
  • Zachary Smith, French horn, Adjunct Professor, Assistant Principal PSO

Pre-concert talk at 2:15p: Dr. Benjamin Binder, Assistant Professor of Musicianship. $10 suggested donation. For more information visit www.duq.edu/bicentennials.


Sunday, October 17 at 3pm
Elbin Auditorium, West Liberty University
West Liberty (Wheeling), West Virginia

  • Fantasy: Solo Piano Recital
  • Schumann: Fantasy, op. 17
  • Chopin: Fantasy, op. 49
  • Chopin: Two Nocturnes, op. 62
  • Chopin: Two Polonaises, op. 40

Free admission; for more information, visit www.westliberty.edu/music.


Sunday, October 24 at 3pm
Bicentennials on the Bluff: Program II
PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The fantasies by Chopin and Schumann are actually highly organized and emotionally satisfying structures that are cornerstones of the Romantic piano literature. In his nocturnes and polonaises, Chopin was able to portray larger-than-life feelings of passion, drama and patriotism in smaller lyrical and dance forms, with the especially popular "Military Polonaise" expressing Chopin's pride in his Polish homeland.

    David Allen Wehr, piano, Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair
  • Fantasy: Solo Piano Recital
  • Schumann: Fantasy, op. 17
  • Chopin: Fantasy, op. 49
  • Chopin: Two Nocturnes, op. 62
  • Chopin: Two Polonaises, op. 40

Pre-concert talk at 2:15p: Dr. Benjamin Binder, Assistant Professor of Musicianship. $10 suggested donation. For more information visit www.duq.edu/bicentennials.


Monday, November 1 at 7pm
Bicentennials at Chatham
Chatham College
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Music of Chopin and Schumann performed by Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony and David Allen Wehr. For more information, visit www.chatham.edu.


Sunday, November 7 at 3pm
Bicentennials on the Bluff: Program III
PNC Recital Hall, Duquense University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chopin and Schumann each wrote only a single work for two pianos, both rarely heard: Chopin, a rondo written when he was eighteen, Schumann, an Andante and Variations heard here in its original, extremely unusual scoring with two cellos and French horn. Schumann was fascinated by the newly invented pedal piano (a piano with a pedal board similar to an organ) and composed some inspired music for it. The instrument became extinct almost immediately, but Debussy's masterly transcription for two pianos of the Canonic Etudes, which breathes the calm spirit of Bach, has allowed the work to remain on the fringes of the repertoire. Two better-known treasures composed near the end of Chopin's life feature guest pianist Cynthia Raim in the Polonaise-Fantasy and PSO Principal Cellist Anne Martindale Williams and David Allen Wehr in the Sonata for Cello and Piano, Chopin's only mature work of chamber music.

    Hidden Treasures
  • Chopin: Rondo for Two Pianos, op. 73
  • Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65
  • Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy for Piano, op. 61
  • Schumann: Six Canonic Etudes for Pedal Piano, op. 56 (transcribed for two pianos by Debussy)
  • Schumann: Andante and Variations for Two Pianos, Two Cellos and French Horn, op. 46
    Special Guest Artists:
  • Cynthia Raim, piano, International Concert Artist, Winner, Three Rivers National Piano Competition
  • Anne Martindale Williams, cello, Principal PSO
  • David Premo, cello, Associate Principal PSO
    MPSM Faculty:
  • David Allen Wehr, piano, Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair
  • Zachary Smith, French horn, Adjunct Professor, Assistant Principal PSO

Pre-concert talk at 2:15p: Dr. Benjamin Binder, Assistant Professor of Musicianship. $10 suggested donation. For more information visit www.duq.edu/bicentennials.


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