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Mozart Meets Beethoven: From Darkness into Light

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The mournful two-movement Sonata in E minor is an unusual work within Mozart’s output in this duo genre, and ranges from languishing melancholy, to stormy angst, to a nod to the delicacy and subtlety of the Baroque. With Mozart’s Adagio in B minor, K 540, it is not hard to imagine that this late composition was another expression of his darker, existential side. The program continues the dialogue between fortepiano and the violin with the youthful optimism and irrepressible energy and virtuosity of Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major.

Yi-heng plays an exquisite copy of Mozart’s Walter fortepiano by Christopher Clarke.

Cynthia Roberts ~ violin
Yi-heng Yang ~ harpsichord

Cynthia Roberts is one of America’s leading Baroque violinists, appearing as soloist, concertmaster, and recitalist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Fortepianist Yi-heng Yang has been noted for her "astonishing skill and vividness" (The New York Times).

This concert was originally planned to feature trios with cellist Allen Whear, who sadly passed away February 10th, 2022. A special memorial concert for Allen presented by Pro Musica Rara takes place Sunday, June 5th in Baltimore. Click here for tickets and further information.

1:15 – 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, New York City

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.