Violin and Piano Recital
Beethoven, Grieg, and others.
Leslie Hirsch, violin, and Mark Jones, piano
St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, June 2nd at 7:30PM, 2800 SE Harrison.
Grace Episcopal Church, June 4th at 3:30, 1535 NE 17th
Suggested donation at the door: $15 general admission, $12 seniors and students.
Violinist Leslie Hirsch and pianist Mark Jones, long-time fixtures in Portland’s music scene, team up for a recital of sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven and Edvard Grieg, plus a set of familiar Latin dances.
Beethoven’s lyrical “Spring” sonata, opus 24, evokes nature and the joys of spring much like his “Pastoral” Symphony #6. Sudden changes in mood reflect the changes of the season – sunny, placid, and stormy.
Grieg’s Sonata in c-minor, opus 45, is the quintessential Romantic period showpiece for violin and piano. Dramatic sections are interspersed with touching melodies. Published in 1888, this sonata offers visions of Norway’s rugged landscape and tender domestic life, always with Grieg’s strong sense of his native land in terms of dance rhythms and folk-like melodies.
The program concludes with three dances/tangos by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, and Isaac Albeniz.
Leslie Hirsch is a free-lance violinist based in Portland. She has play with such groups as the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera Orchestra, Wildwood Consort, and various other chamber music ensembles.
Mark Jones is a pianist, organist, and conductor in Portland. He has held several prominent church positions and performed with the likes of the Wildwood Consort (harpsichord and organ), Lakewood Theater (music director/conductor), Ballet Oregon (rehearsal accompanist), accompanied for several opera singers including Ivan Rivera, Patrick Jones, and Linda Lane Smith; and conducted several choirs including the SunRiver Music Festival Chorus, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, the Collegium Musicum at Reed College.