Nov 17 2017
Opus Two presented by Classically Alive at Classically Alive, Colorado Springs CO

Opus Two

Presented by Classically Alive at Classically Alive

Enjoy music for violin and piano by Opus Two in honor of pianist, educator, and humanitarian, Walter Hautzig. Opus Two is composed of William Terwilliger on violin Andrew Cooperstock on piano.

Beloved teacher, pianist Walter Hautzig, passed away this past January, 2017 at the age of 95. Walter Hautzig had an illustrious career and played thousands of concerts on every continent. He was a US State Department musical ambassador, and was the first American musician chosen to play in China, his concert broadcasted to almost one billion Chinese people, at a time when diplomatic relations between the US and China were just opening up. He had a special relationship with each of his students, and cared for each like a parent. As musician/teacher he gave insight to the very essence of each composer- a smart, but not overly-intellectual approach, that always dealt directly on the emotional, human level of the music.

In tribute to Mr. Hautzig, CU-Boulder professor of piano and student of Walter Hautzig, pianist Andrew Cooperstock will be playing solo piano music for the first half. Except for the Bernstein, each work was chosen as works that Andrew studied with Mr. Hautzig. The program opens with the Mozart Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 333, a popular lively work with wit, beautiful melodies, and esp. in the finale, a brilliant bravura concerto style. 2018 is the big year for American composer/conductor/pianist/educator Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the 100th year of his birth. Andrew Cooperstock just this year as well released a 2 CD set, the complete piano works of Bernstein. Andrew will play Bernstein’s “Touches”, a set of variations, some lyrical, chorale-like, some jazzy and then some. The half closes with 3 Argentinian Dances by Alberto Ginastera. The dances are – fast with a dry humor, followed by a slow, sensual, seductive one, and concluding with an Argentine cowboy racing wild across the plains. Fitting to our Hautzig tribute, Hautzig and Ginastera were good friends.

The second half features music of the Opus Two duo with William Terwilliger, violin along with Andrew Cooperstock, piano. Opus Two has been concertizing together for 25 years, garnering many awards, and acclaim for their many recordings and performances internationally. Please scroll down to read more about the Opus Two, William Terwilliger and Cooperstock. Violinist William Terwilliger, over the decades developed a friendship with Walter Hautzig too, bringing special meaning to his performing on this concert. Opus Two has made a specialty of performing and recording American composers. Their second half will include the music of two of America’s most beloved composers, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. The Bernstein Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (arranged by Terwilliger for violin), an early, short work, is bright, with haunting melodies, and perky, syncopated, irregular rhythms. The remainder of the second half is dedicated to George Gershwin’s music. Gershwin’s music has strong roots in the classical tradition, mixed with the newer strains of early 20th century jazz. Gershwin also wrote songs for Broadway shows, and many of his songs were big hits sung by popular vocalists. Opus Two will feature several of these classic Gershwin songs, leaving the evening on an upbeat note.

 

 

Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive features diverse monthly house concerts, which include food, drink, and time for guests to socialize, and mingle with the musicians. At the venue, founder, director, and pianist, Dr. Abe Minzer performs along with many top musicians of the Pikes Peak region. Additionally, Classically Alive hosts world-class visiting artists of national and international reputation, often as part of the Piano Masterworks series and through collaboration with the German arts organization, Weltklassik. Since its inception in 2006, Classically Alive has presented over 130 concerts featuring over 100 musicians. The eclectic offerings include a wide range of classical, as well as contemporary, popular styles, jazz, and world music.

Admission Info

General admission: $20

Students: $10

Admission includes “not-so-light” refreshments, drinks.

Phone: (719) 229-2239

Email: aminzer@comcast.net

Dates & Times

2017/11/17 - 2017/11/17

Location Info

Classically Alive

8 Broadmoor Hills Drive , Colorado Springs, CO 80906