Five members of the Baylor University string faculty will present a gala recital on Saturday, January 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the McLean Foyer of Meditation at Armstrong Browning Library. Performers will include Associate Professor of Violin Eka Gogichashvili, Professor of Viola Kathryn Steely, Professor of Cello Gary Hardie, Associate Professor of Double Bass Sandor Ostlund, and Adjunct Lecturer in Harp Karen Thomas. At the keyboard will be Assistant Professor of Piano Kae Hosoda-Ayer. They will be joined in the orchestral work by students from the various string studios.
Opening the program will be music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, the first movement (Allegro con fuoco) from his Piano Quintet of 1903. It is scored for violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano.
Next, Dr. Hardie and Dr. Hosoda-Ayer will play German composer Carl Maria von Weber’s Adagio and Rondo for cello and piano. This concert piece was penned by Weber in 1811.
One of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla’s best-known works is the four-movement L’histoire du tango from 1986. On this String Faculty Gala Recital, Dr. Gogichashvili and Ms. Thomas will perform the second movement, entitled “Café 1930.”
Belgian composer César Franck wrote his Violin Sonata in A major in 1886 as a wedding present for violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. Dr. Steely and Dr. Hosoda-Ayer will play the final movement (Allegretto poco mosso) in an arrangement for viola and piano by Douglas Woodfull-Harris.
Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe was also a gifted composer, particularly for his chosen instrument. Dr. Gogichashvili will perform the first and last movements (“Obsession” and “Les furies”) of this four-movement work, which dates from 1923.
The program will close with Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant three-movement Divertimento in D major, K. 136, from 1772.
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.