In the midst of a nationwide tour, acclaimed Canadian pianist Michael Finlay will join local Philharmonic violinist Byron Hitchcock for an evening of the complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano. The performance will be held at First Christian Church at 16 East Platte Avenue. Admission charge is 10$.
Johannes Brahms is famous for his inspired melodies, lush textures and immediate emotional appeal. His mastery in the field of chamber music was unsurpassed, and the three Sonatas he wrote while on various summer vacations are all classic masterpieces in the form. The first two are intimate and intended for the salon (the birthplace of chamber music), while the 3rd is a public piece designed for the concert stage.
Dr. Finlay tours frequently throughout his home in maritime Canada as well as his native home in Texas, where outreach is passion. A recent performance led the Brownwood News to comment, “The entire audience was awestruck by his musical presence and the meaning behind each note.” He is highly sought after as a collaborative pianist and has worked with countless established vocalists and instrumentalists over the years.
Praised by the Boston Globe as a “fearlessly expressive” soloist with a “finely honed tone”, Byron Hitchcock’s “brilliant” and “uninhibited” violin playing has won him prizes in numerous competitions, including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, Jefferson Symphony Young Artists’ Competition, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project Concerto Competition. His love for chamber music is the outgrowth of studying with many of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Juilliard, Takacs, Cavani, Emerson and Cleveland Quartets.
This dynamic duo met during their formative years studying at Cleveland Institute of Music. After a 6 hour music reading session with other musicians, an immediate bond was formed, and they have continued to collaborate consistently whenever their busy schedules allow.