Age Group:All Ages
We know Valentine's Day as a celebration of romantic love, but it was originally a feast day honoring a martyr named Valentine. Our program features three pieces illuminating aspects of Valentine's Day: romantic love, maternal love, and grief for those killed in war.
Brahms fell in love with soprano Hermine Spies while summering in Switzerland and composed three songs for her; the melodies of these songs appeared again in his Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Piano and Violin. Sargent Johnson's sculpture "Mother and Child" inspired American composer William Grant Still to compose a sweetly lyrical lullaby as the second movement of his Suite for Violin and Piano. A composer of ballets, operas and film scores, Sergei Prokofiev vividly expressed emotions and narrative images in his music. In his Sonata in F Minor for Violin and Piano he used the sonic image of wind blowing through a deserted graveyard to relay his profound grief over the devastation of World War II.
Please join us for this extraordinary musical afternoon with acclaimed violinist Katie Lansdale and the renowned pianist Marija Stroke.
Soundwaves Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library.