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Guest Artist: Spencer Martin, viola

Presenting “Gems Rediscovered.”

With pianist Nicholas Shaneyfelt.

The burnished, golden sonorities of the viola – the “forgotten stepsister” to the violin – are all too seldom heard in chamber compositions. Viola virtuoso supreme Spencer Martin seeks to redress this injustice with “Forgotten Gems,” a collection of lovely and beautifully crafted works for viola and piano from four little-known composers of the late-romantic era … works that definitely deserve to be restored to the sadly limited repertoire of chamber music for the viola. Composers include Paul Juon, Ernest Walker, Benjamin Dale, and Robert Fuchs.

The program features lush and varied sonatas by fairly obscure composers, including Russian-born Paul Juon – who has been called the “Russian Brahms.” On that subject, the often “abrasive” and hard-to-please Brahms held the music of Austrian notable Robert Fuchs in very high regard. There’s also striking music from Englishman Ernest Walker – plus a touching Romance by Benjamin Dale, another British composer.

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DMA Recital: Blakeley Menghini, viola

Blakeley Menghini is a DMA student studying viola with Sally Chisholm. She will perform the Brahms E-flat Sonata, the first Roslawetz Viola Sonata, and the Shostakovich Viola Sonata.

With Micah Behr, piano.

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DMA Recital: Ariel Garcia, viola

Violist Ariel Garcia is a second-year DMA student studying viola with Professor Sally Chisholm.  Pianist Satoko Hayami and clarinetist Jose Garcia-Taborda join Ariel on stage to present trios written by Robert Schumann, John Harbison, and Max Bruch.