In the Tracing Legacies program, pianist Redi Llupa and violinist and composer Gregory Walker will explore the continuity of cultural and familial legacies. The program will center on the two sonatas for violin and piano by Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American composer George Walker (1922-2018). George Walker’s music has been hailed for its “powerful authenticity and dramatic expression,” (Classical New Jersey), “hushed beauty and passionate intensity” (American Record Guide), and “superb craftsmanship” (Classics Today); and yet, his works have been marginally heard and performed across the country during his lifetime. His two sonatas for violin and piano will be presented in the context of both the tradition that they built upon, as encapsulated by the work of Johannes Brahms and the tradition that they pass on to the next generations, as expressed in the work of Gregory Walker, George Walker’s son.
Johannes Brahms – Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 78
George Walker – Violin and Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2
Gregory Walker – Violin and Piano Sonata
GREGORY WALKER (violin)
REDI LLUPA (piano)
Appropriate for children of age 4 and above. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
Youth under 18 enter with Free Admission.
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