Dear Music Lovers,
I am very happy to welcome cellist Colin Carr and pianist Tom Sauer to Bargemusic this Saturday, February 2nd at 8 pm and Sunday, February 3rd at 4 pm, in their concerts of Beethoven’s works for cello and piano.
Colin and Tom have been playing together a lot recently. I met Colin years ago in Amsterdam. He had just performed at the venue where I was to perform. I arrived at the place where I was supposed to stay just as he was leaving. It was a little guest house inside of a garden. I remember looking at him; he was sitting on a bed smiling, with his cello. There was no floor, just soil. There were bugs on the ground, and it was cold. I took one look at Colin in my so-called future place, and then I ran out of there. For the next few hours I looked for a hotel room. It was early morning. I found an old, simple hotel on the water. Late that evening, as I was practicing the second movement of the Tchaikovsky concerto, I saw from my window two beautiful white swans floating on the water in the darkness. I will always remember that.
The next time I saw Colin, we were both performing at a festival in the States. I heard him play, and I remember very clearly the very deep tone of his lower strings on the cello. Since then we have played together here and also in England. I always have great fun playing with him in different combinations. He’s been performing frequently at the Bargemusic venue. After every concert he always leaves something — his shirt, his shoes… Let’s see what he will leave this time.
This Friday, February 1st at 8 pm, our “Here and Now: American Contemporary Music Series” features the music of Lowell Liebermann. I met Lowell years ago at a chamber music party. I was trying to read his piano trio or his sonata for violin and piano. But whichever it was, I found it very pleasing. I enjoyed sight reading my part. Later on I had the pleasure of performing Mozart sonatas and Irish songs by Beethoven and Maria von Weber with Lowell and the wonderful Irish tenor Robert White (although he’s American). I think this Friday’s feast of Lowell’s music should greatly satisfy our appetites.
Lots of Love,