Jennifer Koh, violin
Shai Wosner, piano

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street Learn More

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About This Performance

Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner’s Bridge to Beethoven project explores the impact and significance of Beethoven on a diverse group of composers and musicians. Programming Beethoven’s violin sonatas alongside contemporary works inspired by these sonatas, the project makes for a unique reflection on influence, innovation, and originality by some of the most incisive minds of classical music’s new generation. The piece receiving its Philadelphia premiere, Iyer’s Bridgetower Fantasy, is inspired by the “Kreutzer” Sonata and the Afro-European violinist who inspired Beethoven’s work, George Bridgetower. It is not programmatic, but it takes on an episodic character assembled from contrasting fragments. The dance rhythms, recurring figures, and gestural contours are intended to feature the embodied expertise and expressivity of the performers.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
Iyer: Bridgetower Fantasy [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op.47 “Kreutzer”