Due to public health concerns and limitations with group gatherings, the Basically Beethoven Festival has moved online again for 2021: we look forward to sharing the Basically Beethoven Festival-in-Place with you. Musicians will be recorded in a concert setting and the footage will premiere online at the scheduled concert times: July 11, July 18, and July 25 at 3 p.m.
July 25 Performance:
Rising Star: Marlon Florez Dovales, cello; Pranay Varada, piano; works by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy
Feature Performance: Festival Director Alex McDonald, piano; Lewis Warren, piano
Program: Three Marches, Op. 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven | Fantasie by Franz Schubert | Cuban Overture by George Gershwin | Etude by Anthony Green | **WORLD PREMIERE** of the commissioned work Korapiano by Dallas composer-on-the-rise and FACP education program alumnus Quinn Mason
The Festival concludes with music for piano four-hands (two pianists sharing one instrument): Beethoven’s regal Three Marches; the lyrical and haunting Fantasie, an undisputed masterpiece by Beethoven's contemporary Franz Schubert; Gershwin's joyous Cuban Overture, a piece he considered to be one of his best compositions; Khachaturian’s familiar and exuberant Sabre Dance; and a new piano solo by Quinn Mason, Korapiano, commissioned by FACP. The composer studied the kora, an African harp with 21 strings. Mason says, “this composition utilizes West African folk tunes and incorporates melodic elements and ornamentation usually found in traditional kora playing.”