Jane Abbott-Kirk, Professor of Piano at Baylor University, and Mary Tidwell, an Instructor of Music at Trinity Valley Community College, will present a duo-piano recital on Tuesday, September 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Ms. Tidwell is a former student of Ms. Abbott-Kirk, as is Wayne Gay, who served for many years as a classical music critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and will provide this recital’s introductory remarks.
The program, entitled “Dancing with Brahms … with a Nod to Chopin,” will open with familiar music for piano, four hands, the Hungarian Dances, Book I, of Johannes Brahms, a collection that dates from 1869.
Then Ms. Abbott-Kirk will play a solo set, three of the Mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin, and Ms. Tidwell will follow with Chopin’s Ballade in F major, Op. 38.
More duet music comes next, when the two pianists perform seven of the Waltzes, Op. 39, by Brahms. Written for piano, four hands, these pieces date from 1865.
Following intermission, Jane Abbott-Kirk and Mary Tidwell will conclude the program with more music by Brahms, his Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b, a monumental work for two pianos that he composed in Bavaria in 1873.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.