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Member Program - March 5, 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Music by Members
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Karen deBergh Robinson

Two works for violin and cello will be played for us by Lisa Kugelman and Karen Benjamin: Handel’s Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 1, Nr. 12 and Beethoven’s Duo in C Major WoO27/1.

A bagatelle is a light piece of music. Bagatelles, Op. 5, by the Russian composer Alexander Tcherepnin were written between 1912-18 and revised in 1958. They will be performed by Michelle Duffy, piano.

Lean-Cheng Tan, soprano, will sing the following three vocal pieces, accompanied by Colette Switaj, piano: Plaisir d’amour, by Martini, Bist du bei mir, BWV 508, by J. S. Bach, and a Chinese Folk Song from the Xinjiang region of China.

Jean-Baptiste Loeillet de Gant was born in Belgium in 1688, but lived mainly in France. He added “de Gant” (i.e., “from Ghent”) to distinguish himself from his identically named first cousin, also a composer. The elder cousin moved to London, but even so scholars remain confused about some music attributed to each of them. Although a total of 763 works eventually were attributed to the composer, only 21 were published during his lifetime and fewer than that in the first decade following his death. Loeillet’s compositions are said to be “strongly influenced by violin sonatas of Corelli.” Nancy Skeele, flute, *Chris Pilon, cello, and Michelle Duffy, piano, will perform his Sonata in D minor, Op. 3, No. 10.

Betty Knorr, mezzo-soprano and Diane Day, piano, will perform a selection of four songs from different collections by Rachmaninoff.