[ Faculty Artist Performance ]

Dvořák and Brahms

Friday, July 21 •  8:00PM •  Music Shed

Scherzo from F-A-E Sonata
Cello Sonata No. 1, in e minor, Op 38 (arr. for Bassoon)
Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor, Op 65

7:00PM • Battell Recital Hall •  Pre-Concert Conversation with Paul Berry
Join us before the concert for an engaging and enlightening viewpoint on a musical topic related to the evening’s programs.

Reserve a Box Picnic Dinner from a local establisement to enjoy during the Conversation or at one of the many tables around the grounds.

With this program we open our 2017 mini-Festival exploring the legacy of Dvořák and his music. Brahms served as a close and faithful mentor to Dvořák for nearly 20 years. Brahms provided guidance, support, proofreading, and editing for Dvořák, and in turn Brahms would show compositions in progress to Dvořák. This program provides insight into that friendship. The Brahms F-A-E Sonata has a most interesting genesis: it is a work for violin and piano written by three composers —Schumann, Brahms and Schumann’s young student Albert Dietrich. Each wrote a movement and we’ll hear Brahms’ contribution tonight. Festival favorite Frank Morelli will perform an arrangement of Brahms’ beautiful e minor Cello Sonata arranged for bassoon and piano. Closing the evening is one of Dvořák’s greatest chamber works, the f minor Piano Trio, recognized as the most “Brahmsian” of the trios.

Frank Morelli  bassoon,  Sharon Roffman  violin,  Peter Frankl  piano,
with  Fellows of the Norfolk Festival

Tickets: $55 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 18-25), and Kids Come Free! (under 18)