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Festival of the Senses: Beethoven Borrowed & Baby Fauré
September 18, 2018
7:00 pm

Festival of the Senses, the free performing arts series sponsored annually by Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Little Rock, will launch its 2018-19 season on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. with a pair of piano quartets by Ludwig von Beethoven and Gabriel Fauré, interpreted by pianist Julie Cheek and violinist Andrew Irvin of ARmusica, cellist Stephen Feldman, and violist Tatiana Kotcherguina. 

“Beethoven Borrowed & Baby Fauré” will feature two chamber pieces in closely related keys by giants of the music world, both early works that proved their creators’ genius. The concert will begin with German composer Ludwig von Beethoven’s Piano Quartet, Opus 16, in E Flat Major in three movements: Grave, Allegro ma non troppo; Andante cantabile; and a sparkling and witty Rondo, Allegro ma non troppo. Beethoven (1770-1827), himself a brilliant pianist, first published this quartet, noted for its virtuosic keyboard part, in 1810 as a transcription of a quintet originally written for piano and winds.

Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet, Opus 15, in C Minor—one of the monumental works of French Impressionism—has four movements: Allegro molto moderato, written in sonata form with a vigorous melody; a playful, spirited Scherzo, Allegro vivo; a sad Adagio; and Allegro molto. Perhaps his best-known chamber work, it is one of only two he wrote for the conventional piano quartet. It was written in 1879, first performed on Valentine’s Day 1880, and revised in 1883. Fauré (1845-1927) was a transitional and unique figure in French music, composing from the mid-Romantic period into the modern post-WWI era.


Pianist Julie Cheek of the performing duo ARmusica needs no introduction to Festival audiences, having performed often at St. Luke’s over the years. A Little Rock native, she made her professional debut at age 14 as a soloist with the Arkansas Chamber Orchestra, and since then has performed and held master classes with symphonies across America and Europe.

Andrew Irvin, better known as Drew, is well known as the concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO), and has played his 1765 Gagliano violin in concerts throughout North America and Europe. As well as being a cofounder of ARmusica in 2012, he plays in the Irvin/Christopher Duo and the Camino Trio and has recorded on the Potenza and Naxos labels.

Cellist Stephen Feldman, who also performs in the ASO and in Little Rock’s SOMA String Quartet, teaches at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and is a founding member of its faculty piano trio, the Diana Trio. A gifted and enthusiastic communicator in recitals, chamber music, and solo performances, he continues to concertize across the country.

Tatiana Kotcherguina, a violist with the ASO, was born in Russia and has taught and performed in Moscow, Mexico, Mississippi, and Missouri. An avid solo and chamber music promoter and performer, Tatiana teaches both violin and viola at UCA and performs with the Nightingale Duo and the Doppler String Quartet.

This season marks the eighth year of Festival of the Senses with eight events spotlighting some of Arkansas’ most distinguished and dedicated musicians and actors, to be staged at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church from September 2018 to May 2019. All events are free and open to the public, and most are followed by a reception in the parish hall to give attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the performers. A complete schedule of events for the upcoming season is available on the St. Luke’s website at ?

St. Luke's Episcopal Church
4106 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock
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