Piano and violin concert with Michael Sheppard and Jessica Tong

Thursday 20 April 2023 from 19:30 to 21:00

Program : "From Elegance to Extravagance"

Franz Schubert | Violin Sonatina no. 1 in D Major, D.384

Francis Poulenc | Violin Sonata FB 119

Lili Boulanger | Nocturne et Cortège for violin and piano

Richard Strauss | Violin Sonata in Eb Major, op. 18

This program explores opposing pairs of French and German composers of the romantic 19th and early impressionistic 20th centuries. Besides Franz Schubert, none of the composers wrote extensively solely for the combination of violin and piano, but while some chose to espouse formal grace and lyric charm over emotional heroics, others sought to capture the instrumental brilliance of the violin-piano combination in creating deeply impassioned, symphonic style works.

About the Artists

Canadian violinist Jessica Tong has garnered international acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, having been described as an "outstanding talent" (Performing Arts in Canada) with "keen sensitivity and receptivity" (Bloomington Herald Times), who "allow[s] us to savour her sense of ardour and intensity, but never at the detriment of her tonal beauty." (ClassiqueInfo France). She has been a top prizewinner at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Music and Yellow Springs International Chamber Music Competitions and has served as first violinist of both the Vinca and Larchmere String Quartets, during which time she was Artist-in-Residence for the Perlman Music Program in Florida, the ProQuartet Odyssée Program in France and at the University of Evansville in Indiana. She is currently the Violin Professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, Chamber Music Director of the Composers Conference at Brandeis University, Artistic Director of Music Beyond the Chamber, and the newly appointed Artistic Advisor to Avaloch Farm Music Intitute.
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