Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:00PM - 9:00PM
|Levine students, faculty and staff||Free|
A great friendship between two great composers began in 1874: Antonín Dvořák as a friend and devotee, and Johannes Brahms as a friend and mentor.
A critical year in Dvořák’s musical career, the composer submitted many of his compositions to the Austrian State Stipendium for adjudication. Brahms, a tyrannical critic of the younger generation of composers and reluctant member of the jury panel, was immediately overwhelmed by the quality Dvořák's melodic ideas, sense of timing and the inventiveness with which he endowed his compositions. Dvořák received a stipend that year and for years to come as a result of Brahms’ support and a devoted friendship developed between these two great masters.
This concert will feature Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 and Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81. These two compositions share the great masters’ common aspiration: the universal creation of rich melodic lines displayed on a canvas woven out of expansive stately examples of classical and traditional forms.
Performed by Levine faculty artists Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, piano; Jorge Orozco, violin; Alice Ju, violin; Maria Montano, viola; and Vasily Popov, cello.