violinist Alan Rawson and pianist Sandy Rawson of the Rawson Violin and
Piano Duo for an early evening concert starting at 6 pm on Friday, April
21 at the beautiful
and elegant home of Ken and Karen Long, 100 Lands End Lane, Port
Townsend, atop the bluffs with a fabulous view overlooking the Strait of
Juan de Fuca.
They will present the complete (21) Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, arranged by his close friend and associate, violinist Joseph Joachim. While originally published for piano, four hands, their inspiration was from pure folk and popular gypsy fiddle playing, captured in its essence in this version by the great Hungarian virtuoso. The Dances fully embrace 19th century Romantic spirit.
will be performing on his exquisite Italian violin (ca. 1750) and Sandy
will play the Long's 1919 Steinway grand piano. This unusual piano also features a
built-in Pianola DUO-ART Reproducing Piano system which
will be demonstrated in the course of the program.
of the concert will help support the Rawsons’ effort to bring high
level chamber orchestra experience to string students in the Port
Townsend area through their Olympic Youth Strings (OYStrs) program.