February 10, 2018 7:30pm–9:30pm

National Chamber Ensemble – Valentine’s Concert : The Romantic Violin For Two

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

4444 Arlington Blvd

Arlington, Virginia 22204

The National Chamber Ensemble continues its eleventh season with Romantic Violin For Two – a repertoire of romantic works for Valentine’s Day

One violin virtuoso is great, but two are even better! Enjoy some of the most romantic music for a unique duo of two violins and piano. Artistic director/violinist Leo Sushansky and internationally acclaimed violinist and University of Maryland violin professor James Stern are joined by dynamic pianist Kathryn Brake for a program of works by Mozart, Moszkowski, Paganini, Massenet and Kreisler.

Mozart’s “Concertante for Two Violins” opens the performance. It is Ferdinand David’s arrangement of “Sonata for Two Pianos K.448,” which Mozart authority Alfred Einstein (cousin of Albert) called one of the most profound of all Mozart’s compositions. It is also one of the works that has been behind the “Mozart Effect”. This music has been known to raise the IQ level of the listener by up to 9 points, although only temporarily. Does listening to Mozart make you smarter? According to a landmark neuroscience research study out of the University of California the answer is yes!

The Mozart Concertante is followed by the short, lush works of Massenet, Paganini, and Kreisler to conclude the first half of the program.

The second half includes Moritz Moszkowski’s “Suite in G Minor.” Moszkowski enjoyed a considerable international reputation as a composer and pianist, and was feted as the natural successor to Chopin. The virtuoso interaction of two violins and piano makes his Suite in G Minor highly romantic, appealing and dramatic. The Suite–almost unknown to the general concert-going public today–invariably will bring the tangible pleasure of a new exciting discovery for those who attend this concert. Reception with the artists to follow performance.

The remainder of the 2017-18 NCE season includes Strings Fever – Brahms and Mendelssohn on March 24 (at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington) and Today’s Classical and Jazz Masters on May 19 (at the Gunston Arts Center).

“Delightful…abundant in jovial wit.”

— The Washington Post

“National Chamber Ensemble is one of the musical gems of the entire Metro area…Their concerts are always fun and interesting, and the group presents a constantly changing program that includes every genre of music imaginable. The constants are that the music will be fabulous, the musicians will be wonderfully talented, and the atmosphere will always be intimate and welcoming to all.”

— DCMetroTheaterArts


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