Saturday, February 4, 2017

Works for Viola and Piano by Schumann, Brahms, Clarke and Carter


Deanna Badizadegan, viola & Britton Day, piano

Program:
Schumann Märchenbilder
Brahms Sonata in F Minor
- Intermission -
Clarke Sonata
Carter Elegy

With its raw and expressive voice, the viola is beautifully suited to capture the range of emotion and expression that color the human experience. The program begins with Schumann’s Märchenbilder, a collection of four Fairy Tales composed for the viola and piano, which invite the listener into a childish fantasy world. Brahms’ Sonata for Viola and Piano, written just a few years before Brahms’ death, is a deeply expressive and lush work performed widely on both the clarinet and the viola and considered one of the great masterpieces for the instrument duo. Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata, one of the few works written by a female composer to have entered the mainstream repertoire, is a highly idiomatic work that captures a wide variety of characters and styles and showcase the viola's versatility of sound. The program concludes with Carter’s Elegy for Viola and Piano, an elegant and lyrical piece that Carter himself rearranged for many different instruments before finally settling on the combination of viola and piano, which he felt uniquely captured the appropriate sonority for the piece.

Deanna Badizadegan at the Maybeck
Saturday February 04, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.


Deanna Badizadegan is a San Francisco-based violist with two engineering degrees from Stanford. As a violist, she has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia, including recent appearances at TEDxStanford, TEDxFargo and Carnegie Hall. She currently enjoys a busy freelance schedule in the Bay Area, where she performs solo recitals and chamber music and also co-curates an experimental concert series called Parallel Play. In addition to her degrees from Stanford, she holds a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Paul Hersh, Lesley Robertson, Jodi Levitz, and Michelle LaCourse.

Britton Day is a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation from Oberlin, he continued his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, receiving both a Master of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance.