On Stage at Curtis

Gary Hoffman Residency Recital

Renowned cellist Gary Hoffman residency recital with two Mendelssohn performances. During his time at Curtis, Mr. Hoffman worked with students in master classes and chamber music coaching as well as joining the students in the recital. After Mendelssohn, violinist Alice Byol Kim will perform Bach. The program:

Mendelssohn: Variations concertantes, Op. 17
Chen Cao, cello; Michael Davidman, piano

Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer of the early Romantic period. He composed the Variations concertantes, Op. 17 in 1829. This was dedicated to his brother Paul whose chosen instrument was the cello. This piece is technically challenging for cellist and pianist.

Mendelssohn: Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87
Hsuan-Hao Hsu, violin; Christine Lim, violin; Julian Tello Jr., viola; Mengwen Zhao, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello

Mendelssohn composed Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87 in 1845 when he was 36 years old. Mr. Hoffman describes this piece as “big in scope, very high energy and reaching very far emotionally.” The movements are marked: Allegro vivace; Andante scherzando; Adagio e lento and Allegro molto vivace.

Bach: Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Alice Byol Kim, violin

Chaconne is the fifth and final movement of Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 for solo violin. The Partita for Violin No. 2, in D minor, BWV 1004 was written between the years 1717-1720. Chaconne is the longest and most challenging pieces composed for a violin.

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