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