The Cornell Department of Music welcomes the Sierra Duo (John Haynes Aizen on cello and Matthew Bengsson on piano). barnes hall upon Sunday, January 29th so 3:00 pmThe duo will play Roberto Sierra’s new work Quattro Piezas para cello and piano, George Walker Sonata for cello and piano, Beethoven Sonata in A major, Op. 69.
The new Sierra piece was a surprise gift to the duo some six months after the COVID-19 pandemic. Haines-Eitzen and Bengtson have previously recorded Sierra’s work for Albany Records, and Bengtson also recently recorded an album of Sierra’s solo piano music. The duo said that “Roberto has an amazing sense of what the instrument can do” and that “the demanding technique really expands the possibilities of our instrument”. Bengtson is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, and Haines-Eitzen is a Senior Lecturer and Artist in his Residence at Cornell University.
In addition, the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboard Salon seriesFriday, January 27th so 5:00 pm so AD White HouseSezi Seskir (fortepiano) and Keiran Campbell (cello) will perform Beethoven’s Berlin Cello Sonata. Beethoven’s Op.5 Cello Sonatas was Beethoven’s first attempt to make the roles of the two instruments more equal, and he composed these works in five octaves, commending his piano ability. It was something. Seskir is an Associate Professor at Bucknell University and Campbell is a core member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Noon music for the organ series also starts Wednesday,February 1so 12:30 pm of sage chapel. Annette Richards performs the 1746 Italian organ program The Music of Nature, featuring storms, birds, forests and songs, with music by Frescobaldi, Sweelinck, Polietty and Phillips.
All events listed above are free and open to the public and are subject to change.