Performing this Week
Kuok Wai Lio
Harvey de Souza
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
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Week 10 of our weekly Festival broadcasts included two pieces of music: Pianist Kuok Wai Lio joined violinist Harvey de Souza and cellist Peter Stumpf to play the Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major by Haydn. After that, Benny Kim, Lily Francis, Eric Kim and Gary Hoffman performed Anton Arensky's Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35, No. 2.
In 1790 Haydn’s life underwent a profound change. For thirty years he had been Kapellmeister to the Esterházy family. He composed, led an excellent, small orchestra, and administered the staff of virtuosic musicians at the royal palace outside Vienna. But in September 1790, the music-loving Prince Nikolaus died. His successor disbanded the orchestra and offered Haydn, then 59, what we'd call a "generous retirement package". Not long after that, the impresario J.P. Salomon invited Haydn to England. The composer arrived in London in January 1791 for the first of two extended visits and discovered, much to his delight, that his music was well-known and well-admired there! Haydn also found a talented and discriminating middle class in England, eager both to hear music and to play it, and for this audience he composed a number of piano trios, including the Trio in C Major.
Anton Arensky, the Russian composer who lived from 1861 to 1906, composed his String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor in 1893 to honor his friend, Tchaikovsky, who had recently died. The work is scored for violin, viola and two cellos, which certainly helps to convey the emotionality of that occasion.
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FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN
Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major, Hob. XV: 27 (1797)
- Harvey de Souza, violin
- Peter Stumpf, cello
- Kuok-Wai Lio, piano
Festival artistic director Marc Neikrug spoke with host Kerry Frumkin about the Piano Trio No. 43, which Haydn composed during his second visit to London, probably in 1795, when he was 63 years old. It's an "elegant, joyful, life-celebrating style," proclaims Marc.
Born in Macau in 1989, Kuok-Wai Lio began his piano studies at the age of five. In 1997, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under Wang Nan, and with Gabriel Kwok since 2000. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2006, where he is a student of Gary Graffman. He has performed in masterclasses given by Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Robert Levin, Murray Perahia and Krystian Zimerman. He is invited to study with Andras Schiff at the 2010 International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, U.K. and in his workshop in Lucerne. He will be attending the Yale School of Music in Fall 2010, as a student of Peter Frankl and Boris Berman.
If music be the food of love, come support the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival... The 5th Annual Chefs’ Gala benefit for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival takes place on Thursday, July 14, 2011. The festivities will begin with performances by the Shanghai Quartet and pianist Kuok-Wai Lio. This unique concert will be presented in the intimate sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served in the Convention Center’s tiled lobby following the performance. This exceptional evening, which was sold out months in advance last year, will culminate with a private dinner catered by the very finest chefs in New Mexico. For one table of 10-11 guests, each restaurant will design its own theme, menu, and table décor to create an unforgettable experience. More information about the event is available on the Festival's website: http://www.sfcmf.org/chefsgala.
Quartet No. 2 in A Minor for Violin, Viola & Two Cellos, Op. 35, No. 2 (1894)
- Benny Kim, violin
- Lily Francis, viola
- Eric Kim, cello
- Gary Hoffman, cello
When Science meets Culture or... What Happens When Music-Loving Russian Geologists Explore the Antarctic
The ARENSKY GLACIER flows South from the Beethoven Peninsula, Alexander Island, into the North end of Boccherini Inlet. It was named by the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1987, and is near Copland Peak, the Franck Nunataks, Berlioz Point, Dvořák Ice Rise, Rameau Inlet, Mounts Liszt, Grieg, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, and of course, the Shostakovich Peninsula and the Stravinsky Inlet. Arensky's Glacier is located about 100 miles as the albatross flies from the Haydn Inlet, and Ice Piedmonts named for Handel and Mozart.