HUNTER, NY — June 13, 2020 — The Catskill Mountain Foundation presents the Piano Performance Museum’s inaugural virtual lecture-recital on Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with musicologist Dr. Jeffrey Langford and pianist Dr. Joanne Polk on Saturday, June 27th at 7 PM. They will perform on an award-winning, historic, French Erard piano, built during the age of the Mendelssohns.
With upstate New York now reopened and social distancing measures being encouraged, pianist Joanne Polk and musicologist Jeffrey Langford agreed to do a virtual lecture-recital about Fanny and Felix’s music, on an Erard piano. This Erard piano was awarded the medal of honor at the Paris Exposition in 1855.
While we may all know the music of the German Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, does anyone know the music written by his sister Fanny? This virtual lecture-recital on June 27 will explore the relationship between brother and sister to uncover some of the little-known facts that bore upon their respective careers as pianists and composers in the mid-19th Century.
Sit back with your favorite dessert and beverage, and feel free to ask questions of the performers!
Watch the free virtual lecture-recital on YouTube or Facebook on Saturday, June 27 at 7PM. To register for the event and participate in the Q&A, go to https://bit.ly/CMF_FannyandFelix. It will be available afterward for viewing at your convenience.
DR. JEFFREY LANGFORD, Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies and Chair of the Music History Department at Manhattan School of Music, is a musicologist who has published several articles and books, including Evenings at the Opera (Amadeus Press) and History of the Symphony: the Grand Genre (Routledge Press). Dr. Langford has also served as a regular presenter of pre-concert lectures at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he talks mostly about the basic repertoire of the 18th and 19th Centuries.
PIANIST JOANNE POLK’s award-winning recordings include Songs of Amy Beach, Completely Clara: Lieder by Clara Wieck Schumann, Songs for Pianoforte, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, and The Flatterer, which was a “Pick of the Week” on New York’s classical radio station WQXR, and debuted at number one on the Classical Billboard Chart. Ms.Polk’s CD, Gershwin & Wild, was released on the Steinway and Sons Label and features Earl Wild’s transcriptions of Gershwin songs, as well as Wild’s Piano Sonata. American Record Guide called Ms. Polk’s playing on this CD, “plush and dreamily attractive…”
About Catskill Mountain Foundation:
The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s (CMF) aim is to provide educational opportunities in the arts for youth and lifelong learners, to bring the experience of the arts to the Catskill community, and to support artists and art organizations in the development of their work through residencies. Since its founding in 1998, CMF has presented hundreds of music, dance, and theater performances; screened over 1,000 films to tens of thousands of audience members; provided studio arts classes to thousands of students of all ages; and served thousands of art-loving patrons in its gallery and bookstore.
Since 1998, CMF has raised, generated, and invested close to $15 million in facility development and an excess of $30 million in programming operations, for a total investment in the Catskill community of over $45 million. CMF believes that the arts can transform the lives of those touched by it and can transform the community. Like us on Facebook.
About the Piano Performance Museum:
The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum is the home of the Steven E. Greenstein Piano Collection, a one-of-a-kind collection of historic pianos and musical artifacts. It offers a unique glimpse into the development of pianos in Europe and America over the past four centuries. The Piano Performance Museum documents the musical history and technical development of the piano, an essential instrument in performance, accompaniment, and composition. The programs of the Piano Performance Museum continue to evolve, in collaboration with leading experts in the field, via the Concerts & Conversation series of lectures and concerts.