Tonight’s recital focuses on ‘contrasts’

Christopher Kabala’s recital at the Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. will focus on the theme of “contrasts.”

Mr. Kabala’s program will contrast Haydn’s shortest sonata with Beethoven’s towering Waldstein Sonata. The contrasts will continue with Scenes from Childhood, which is regarded as Schumann’s finest set of miniature character pieces as they depict a child dreaming: riding a toy rocking horse, telling a ghost story or falling asleep. That’s then contrasted with Prokofieff’s Sonata No. 3 in A minor begins with a fiery tarantella, abruptly leaving behind the innocence of the childhood scenes.

The second part of the program will include The Alcotts movement from Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata, the Chopin Barcarolle, and an arrangement of the Strauss Blue Danube Waltzes. The Concord Sonata celebrates the New England transcendentalists, Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts, and Thoreau.

The short Alcotts movement depicts the gentle life at Orchard House where Scottish airs and family hymns were sung at the end of the day, and Beth Alcott played at Beethoven’s 5th Symphony on a spinet. The work was publicly premiered in Cos Cob, Connecticut in 1938. The Chopin Barcarolle was inspired by folksongs sung by Venetian gondoliers, with a rhythm reminiscent of the gondoliers’ stroke, invariably in 6/8 meter. When Chopin completed the Barcarolle, his last work of relatively large scale, he was already weakened by the fatal illness that would take his life three years later.

Tickets for the concert are $25 and $5 for students and are available at the door. A wine reception will follow the concert.

Round Hill Community Church is located at 395 Round Hill Road in Greenwich. For reservations call 203-869-1091 or visit Roundhillcommunitychurch.org.

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