• Variations on a Theme of Haydn for Two Pianos, op. 56B
  • Trio in E-Flat Major for Violin, French Horn and Piano, op. 40
  • Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, op. 34B

Concerts will take place at 3 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall on the first floor of the Mary Pappert School of Music. Join us for a 2:15 p.m. informative talk and complimentary public reception after each performance. A $10 donation is suggested.

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"Dual-ing" Pianos

Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m.

  • William Caballero, French Horn
  • Cynthia Raim, piano
  • Charles Stegeman, violin
  • David Allen Wehr, pianist

Brahms simultaneously composed two versions of the Variations on a Theme of Haydn, one for orchestra, the other for two pianos, heard on this concert. The Two-piano Sonata is an earlier incarnation of the Piano Quintet (heard Oct. 7). Written just months after after his mother’s death, the Horn Trio uses an unusual combination of French horn, violin and piano to create an emotional memorial to the composer's mother.

A special pre-concert program in Room 107, which is next to PNC Recital Hall in the School of Music, at 2:15p, features Dr. Ann Labounsky, chair of organ and sacred music at the Mary Pappert School of Music, performing the Eleven Chorale Preludes, op. 122.

William Caballero Born in New Mexico and reared in Wisconsin, Mr. Caballero graduated from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Richard Mackey and Thomas Newell. Presently he is a faculty member at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition he has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, since joining as Principal Horn in May of 1989. Previously he has been a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Hartford Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Houston Grand Opera, l’Opera de Montreal, the Opera Company of Boston, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. Summer Festivals include The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Bellingham Music Festival of Bellingham, Washington.

Cynthia RaimCynthia Raim is known to Pittsburgh audiences for having won the First Three Rivers National Piano Competition in 1975. As a result, she was soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, playing Prokofiev's Concerto #3. She has also been heard here as collaborative pianist with soprano Benita Valente, with whom she recorded and toured widely for many years. A native of Detroit, Raim studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with the great pianists Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She won the First Prize at the 1981 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland, and has enjoyed tremendous acclaim as soloist and chamber musician. She has a long relationship with the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, and has made many tours with Music from Marlboro.

Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr have collaborated on two recordings, Brahms Waltzes and Hungarian Dances and Rachmaninoff's Two-piano Suites. You can find out more by visiting the Discography page.

Charles StegemanCharles Stegeman, Chair of Strings at Duquesne University, was for many years the violinist of the Sartory Trio (with David Allen Wehr as pianist). He is currently Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and artist-in-residence at Azusa College in California. A native of Vancouver, he is a graduate of both the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City. He has founded numerous music festivals all over the US, and is currently Artistic Director of the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas.

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