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Piano Music for 4 Hands

Redding’s Performing Arts Society is presenting Piano Music for 4 Hands, featuring PianoVoce on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, CA.

Before the era of recorded music, piano duets performed at social gatherings in private homes provided the only access many people had to the great music of the day. PianoVoce will recreate such an evening with a sampling of piano duets by three composers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These  include an overture by Schubert, variations by Beethoven, a fugue by Mozart, and his magnificent Sonata in F – plus a few surprises. They will play Performing Arts Society’s stunning new 9-foot Yamaha grand piano. Richard Duning will narrate.

PianoVoce, founded in 2001, is the piano duo of Nancy Correll and Annette Gurnée Hull. After retiring from CSU Humboldt, they chose to explore the music of Spain, France, and Latin America, plus the standard repertoire of central Europe. Themes for previous concerts have focused on friendship, war and death, and love and romance.

In turning to the Classical period, PianoVoce explores an era rich in music for piano-four-hands. Classical piano music is all about formal structure. Each form takes a theme and then repeats it in a different key, layers it upon itself, brings it back upside-down or backwards, contrasts it with a different theme, or simply decorates it in increasingly complex ways. The magic of this style is the way great composers used musical forms to highlight and blend beautiful melodies and harmonies into a satisfying structure.

The Redding Performing Arts Society is a contributing member of the Shasta County Arts Council, presenting classical music concerts and other performances monthly throughout the year.

There is no charge for admission, but donations are always welcomed.