Composer Robert Sirota’s Violin Sonata No. 2
Performed by violinist Laurie Carney and pianist David Friend
Part of Music from Three Centuries
Composer Robert Sirota’s Violin Sonata No. 2 will be performed by violinist Laurie Carney and pianist David Friend on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3pm at Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange (Wawayanda Avenue) as part of the duo’s concert titled Music from Three Centuries. The program also includes music by Oliver Messiaen and Johannes Brahms, and will feature an onstage discussion with Robert Sirota and Laurie Carney about his compositions, his creative process, and the rewards and challenges of writing music for performers one knows well personally.
Of his second violin sonata, which was premiered by Carney in April 2013 in New York, Sirota says, “Over just the past year, I have been privileged to compose two sonatas for violin and piano. The first, commissioned by violinist Hyeyung Julie Yoon, second violinist of the Chiara Quartet, received its premiere in September 2012. Hyeyung had asked me to compose a work in memory of her grandfather who had recently died. While completing that work I was asked by Laurie Carney, second violinist of the American String Quartet, to compose a second violin sonata. As I was working on Laurie’s piece, within weeks of each other last fall, both her mother and my mother passed away. Where the Sonata No. 1, based on the Latin hymn Pange Lingua, is triumphant and celebratory, the Sonata No. 2, which I have subtitled Farewell, is imbued with a sense of the personal loss and grief that both Laurie and I experienced. I have dedicated this work to our mothers.”
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre | SUNY Orange
Wawayanda Avenue | Middletown, NY
Concert will also include a discussion with Robert Sirota and Laurie Carney.
Robert Sirota: www.robertsirota.com