Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Music Sandwiched In - Cello Sonatas

Today, we were treated to cellist, Kathleen Foster and accompanying pianist, Allison Moore.  Both ladies did a wonderful job as they played Debussy's "Sonata Gendron" and Sergei Rachmanioff's "Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano".

Ms. Foster did a wonderful job providing background information on both pieces.  She walked us through each movement and described in detail the story it told.  The children enjoyed this. 

Enjoying lunch while waiting for the performance to start.

The audience was intrigued with the intricacy and skill of both ladies.  We were mesmorized while watching Ms. Moore's fingers run up and down the keyboard effortlessly.  Ms. Foster's ability to make the cello sing and groan during the pieces added to the drama of the music.  The way she would pluck the strings to give a fun air to the piece, delighted Little Man.

The music was very relaxing.  So much so, that Little Man finally succombed to it by the fourth movement of Rachmanioff's piece. 

The entire audience was moved by the perfomance and although time was up for the program, we all stayed and listened to the final movement.  A standing ovation was given at the end of performance.  Both musicians seemed to be shocked by the out pouring of gratitude.

We can't wait to to the next program!