ROXBURY ARTS GROUP INAUGURATES THIRD ANNUAL “ESSENTIAL THURSDAYS” SERIES AT STAMFORD’S OLD SCHOOL BAPTIST CHURCH WITH “STRINGS & BOWS” featuring the music of LUDWIG V. BEETHOVEN AND TANGO KING ASTOR PIAZZOLLA THURSDAY, JULY 9TH, 7:30 PM
Advance tickets: $19, seniors/students: $17 Day of Performance: $24
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This summer, the Roxbury Arts Group’s third annual Essential Thursdays summer program kicks off with “Strings & Bows,” a rousing, eclectic evening of music transpiring at the scenic Old School Baptist Church in Denver-Vega Valley. On hand will be “food truck of distinction” Ate.O.Ate Catering, bringing locally-sourced edibles to be enjoyed in the moonlight.
“Strings & Bows” is the creation of three acclaimed classical musicians, brought together by RAG for the first time. Cellist Miho Zaitsu, who recently debuted at Carnegie Hall, has toured the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and regularly performs at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and the United Nations; violist Miranda Sielaff has played Le Poisson Rouge and Carnegie Hall and toured with the Lucerne Festival Academy; violinist Lisa Tipton is co-founder of the award winning Meridian String Quartet, has toured internationally, and has held residencies at Queens College, Bard College, and the Yale at Norfolk Summer Festival.
“Strings & Bows” will feature two distinct, renowned early Beethoven pieces, and a selection of tangos by the world’s foremost composer of tango music, the great innovator Astor Piazzolla, who brought elements of jazz and classical to tango.
While Beethoven’s reputation tends toward a serious image, one of the “Strings & Bows” pieces is a whimsical early work nicknamed “Duet with Two Eyeglasses,” written by the young composer to be played with a nearsighted cellist friend. Another is Beethoven’s Trio in C Minor op. 9, composed when he was 28, and considered by many historians to be a foreshadowing of the genius to come.
Balancing out the 18th and 19th Century music will be the tangos, composed in the late 20th century by Astor Piazzolla, and featuring the drama, humor, and romantic intensity that made him famous.
For more information and tickets, please visit roxburyartsgroup.org or call 607-326-7908