On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Weston Public Library presents a unique program of piano duets. The program is free and open to anyone of any age who enjoys an exciting variety of piano music.
Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva are returning to Weston with an interactive program that explains the history of the pieces and answers questions to further enhance the experience for the audience. The program concentrates on the music of Vienna.
For the old masters Mozart and Beethoven, Vienna was the city for music. Its roots run deep in the fabric of European culture, and even Chopin and Ravel paid their musical dues to this great city.
Not only do coffee and pastry make Vienna important; it survived sieges from the east by the Ottoman Empire and also from the west with Napoleon’s conquering army.
These events left their musical mark with Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca and Beethoven’s Les Adieux sonata.
Later it was the delightful waltz that invaded Vienna, and Friedman and Godowsky both captured the elegant nostalgia of a city “Where yesterday looks backwards with a Smile through Tears.”
The program concludes with the fiery Gypsy rhythms of Brahms, who made the city his home for the last three decades of his life.
Mr. Harrison holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in music from Manhattan School of Music. He has created a series of performances for “Masterwork Conversations” to create a stronger bond between the audience and the music.
Mr. Harrison has been bringing this interactive recital series to libraries throughout the East Coast. He has hosted numerous recital series and is an active performer in addition to being a teacher and lecturer. He has been a teaching assistant for David Dubal at the Manhattan School of Music since 2003.
Mr. Harrison’s partner, Ms. Yaneva, has been playing the piano since the age of six. She completed her studies at the Manhattan School of Music in 2006. She has traveled throughout Europe and the United States giving concerts and lectures. She is an active piano teacher and educator.
Ms. Yaneva is a team leader of the first Children’s Music Social Project at the New York Cares organization working with children in transitional shelters.
The free concert is from 3 to 5 in the library’s Community Room.