Shea-Kim Duo: All Roads

July 12, 2023, 9:00 am

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The award-winning Shea-Kim Duo – violinist Brendan Shea and pianist Yerin Kim – have been performing together for over a decade. In “All Roads,” the duo explores the evolving musical styles and sounds that passed through the cultural Mecca of Vienna. “We wanted to present composers who were connected to Vienna in increasingly distant ways, like travelers along a long road,” they wrote in the liner notes. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 3 pushes the boundaries of the forms common at the time. Robert Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 1 takes us through layers of emotions; Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style is an homage to the past with his inevitable sense of humor; and Amy Beach’s Romance is a re-imagination of a genre that was already two centuries old.