German Giants: Into the Romantic Era

Concert Program III, German Virtuosity, this evening continues the festival’s journey from the Classical period into the nineteenth century. The program offers Beethoven’s final violin sonata as its point of departure into the new era—following a nod to the French virtuoso Pierre Rode, another of Viotti’s disciples and the sonata’s dedicatee. In the generation following Beethoven, Louis Spohr would become a standard-bearer for the German violin tradition, introducing innovations such as those heard in his Double String Quartet. The program continues with music by Ferdinand David, Spohr’s pupil and muse to the German tradition’s most brilliant medium, Felix Mendelssohn, whose Opus 3 Piano Quartet closes the program.

Also this afternoon, the International Program artists again present their intensive hard work at a Prelude Performance in Martin Family Hall featuring two of chamber music’s most revered composers: Beethoven and Brahms. If you can’t attend in person, you can enjoy the concert in real time via our Facebook and website live stream. You can also watch this morning’s master class with acclaimed pianist Gilbert Kalish, on our live stream, to see the Chamber Music Institute musicians working on Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Brahms.