At the Woodmere Art Museum on Saturday, November 13, the amazing duo of cellist Scott Ballantyne and pianist Hiroko Sasaki will be offering an all-Beethoven program that explores the evolution of this great composer’s early, middle, and late cello sonatas.
Hello friends. It has been wonderful to see so many of you back in Woodmere’s galleries, enjoying our exhibition of Larry Day, Philadelphia’s great classical realist painter, and the return of jazz. I’m writing to share that we are now bringing back our classical music program and we hope you will join us.
On Saturday, November 13, the amazing duo of cellist Scott Ballantyne and pianist Hiroko Sasaki will be offering an all-Beethoven program that explores the evolution of this great composer’s early, middle, and late cello sonatas. Ballantyne and Sasaki have become friends of Woodmere, and you don’t want to miss them.
The evening begins at 5 p.m., with a special gallery talk by George Marriner Maull, Emmy nominee and artistic director of the Discovery Orchestra. Maestro Maull, well-known for his PBS specials and weekly radio program, is devoted to engaging contemporary audiences - especially younger audiences - with the magic of classical music. He will be pulling back the curtain, so to speak, describing the wonder that audiences since the nineteenth century have found so enthralling in the Beethoven sonatas.
At 6 p.m. the concert starts. Ballantyne and Sasaki have developed a program that will take us on a journey through each of Beethoven’s major creative periods.
Cellist Ballantyne débuted before a sold-out house at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 2002 and has performed throughout the world. He has been a featured soloist on the Metropolitan Museum’s “Voices from the Temple of Dendur” series and has worked with many of the leading conductors of the day, including Gerard Schwarz.
Sasaki performs extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician in multiple countries around the world, including England, Taiwan, France, Hungary, and Switzerland. She performs in an annual recital in Carnegie’s Weill Hall and frequently tours across Japan.
If you are like me, you especially love the combination of cello and piano. For me, no other combination of instruments feels more like a conversation between two human voices. Don’t miss that magic this special evening. Woodmere is very grateful to Eric Haeker for the support of this very special concert!
Tickets and more information can be found on Woodmere’s website: woodmereartmuseum.org/musicatwoodmere
William Valerio is The Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO, Woodmere Art Museum