Spring in Autumn – Violinist Catherine Sheng-Cooper & Pianist Mercia Buck in Recital
Saturday 1 May @ 3:00 pm$20 – $25
Lake Macquarie Music Society presents a recital of great works for violin and piano presented by Violinist Catherine Sheng-Cooper & Mercia Buck.
Catherine was born in Taiwan & started her studies at the age of 5. She is a graduate of the University of Newcastle gaining a Master of Music degree. Her teacher was Elizabeth Holowell respected violinist and pedagogue. Catherine is the concert master of The Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra, & The Opera Hunter Orchestra. She plays with The Pacific Palm Court Orchestra directed by Rod Barnes. She has a very large teaching practice in Charlestown & with her husband Dave Cooper comprise a duo TWO PLAY STRINGS.
Mercia Buck is a graduate of Sydney Conservatorium, has a Master’s Degree from The University of New South Wales, & an Arts Degree from The Open University in the UK. She studied in Vienna & London. She has had a lifetime of performance, teaching, lecturing, and arts administration, founding The Lake Macquarie Music Society, and Opera Hunter. In 2011 she was awarded an OAM.
Program: Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Debussy’s Violin Sonata, Kreisler’s Prelude & Allegro, & some favourite Gershwin.
Beethoven dedicated his Violin & Piano Sonata opus 24, later called The Spring, to Count Moritz von Fries, an Austrian banker & genuine lover of the arts who had a vast library of over 2,000 books & a valuable art collection including paintings by Raphael & Rembrandt. Von Fries hosted many musical performances at his Palais Fries in Vienna, supporting Haydn, Beethoven & Schubert. Haydn’s Creation was premiered there.
Debussy’s violin Sonata was his final major work, premiered on 5th May 1917 played by violinist Gaston Poulet with Debussy at the piano. It was a time of intense sadness because of the First World War, & Debussy was suffering from his final illness. It is quite short, but intensely personal & expressive. There is at times reference to what seems to be the grotesque & macabre, other times capricious, even a sense of Pierrot & the theatrical.
Entry $25 / $20 Conc. / Children free