Brookline Music School presents Music of Joy, Sorrow, and Stillness

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:00pm

Brookline Music School (BMS) presents Music of Joy, Sorrow, and Stillness, a free performance in our Faculty Recital Series. Join BMS faculty pianist Valerie Ross, violinist Aubrey Burdick, and tenor Joshua Pelkey for Music of Joy, Sorrow, and Stillness, a recital exploring the wide range of expression possible in art music. The evening opens with a joyous suite of ancient dances written by J.S. Bach, followed by Messsiaen’s transcendent Theme and Variations for violin and piano. From there, the program takes a more meditative turn with John Cage’s peaceful “In a Landscape” and Marco Simoni’s “Echi”, a short piece of echoing chords interspersed with explosive, dance-like outbursts. The evening will close with excerpts from Schubert’s heart-broken “Winter’s Journey” for tenor and piano and one of Gabriel Faure’s beautifully tragic Nocturnes for solo piano. Admission is free and a brief reception will follow.

Music of Joy, Sorrow, and Stillness is one of Brookline Music School’s yearly faculty concerts, performed and presented by BMS piano faculty Valerie Ross. BMS’ renowned faculty offers an array of unique and educational concerts throughout the year at the Kennard House and at numerous community locations. The superb quality of educational offerings at BMS is made possible by the high level of arts education, musicianship and pedagogical experience of the faculty, with over half of its internationally trained faculty members holding a Masters degree or higher.