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Fortepiano Day – Discover the sounds of Mozart’s Piano!

September 29, 2018

Free – $20

Discover the spirit and nuance of the instrument Mozart and Haydn would have played with fortepianist Sylvia Berry as your guide. Known for her engaging commentary about the music and the instruments she plays, and acclaimed for “performances [that] abound with wit and surprise,” Sylvia reveals the full range of her instrument’s energy and expression in a recital featuring works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. This special all-day event also includes informal talks and a hands-on exploration of the 18th Century Fortepiano.

Join us  at Plymouth Church for some – or all – events:

10:30 am  History of the piano: prepare to be surprised! Lecture-demo Journey through the early piano of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven–it’s very different from the piano you play! 

11:45 am  Scratch & Sniff: introducing pre-college students to early pianos. This compare and contrast session will allow students to experience the differences in sound, color, articulation, and expression.

1:15 pm  Pre-concert conversation: Who played the piano and why? Sylvia Berry discusses the history of women at the keyboard and their role in commissioning and inspiring solo piano works 

2:00 pm   Four Masters of the Fortepiano – Sylvia Berry reveals the full range of her instrument in this recital featuring works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and J.C. Bach.   

3:15 pm  Post-concert conversation: How does it work? with fortepiano builder Dale Munschy  

Under 18–Free | $20 adults/general admission (pre- & post-concert conversations included in ticket)

Mozart toured all over Europe as a child prodigy on the piano but the instrument he played is very different from the one we know today. Though music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Clementi forms the bedrock of piano students’ repertoire, opportunities to hear, see, or even play the instrument for which this music was composed are extremely rare!

The unusual sounds, subtlety of articulation, and beautiful craftsmanship will elevate your appreciation for Classical piano music and inspire young players. Our special, interactive “scratch and sniff” session will even allow students to try out their Classical repertoire (Mozart, Clementi, CPE Bach, and others) on both modern and period instruments for a fascinating compare and contrast experience!

Sylvia Berry | Mozart Eine kleine Gigue K. 574

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Date:
September 29, 2018
Cost:
Free – $20
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Venue

Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church UCC
2860 Coventry Rd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120 United States
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