FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson

October 17, 2017

Posted on October 11, 2017

PSU Violin Professor, Dr. Tomás Cotik, presents a solo violin recital with works by Bach and Piazzolla and introduces his brand new Naxos recording, ‘Legacy,’ with music from Astor Piazzolla.

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas are an essential part of the violin repertoire. These works firmly established the technical capability of the violin as a solo instrument and became a milestone for violinist and a pedagogical companion for the musical and technical development of violin students, becoming archetypes for solo violin pieces by later generations of composers, including Eugène Ysaÿe and Béla Bartók. While these works have being widely performed and recorded, a unique and distinctive aspect will be the performance with a baroque bow (while still using a modern violin). This helps develop the expressive potential and bring to light the transparent textures in this music.

Through a performance and presentation of Piazzolla’s challenging and intriguing Tango Etudes for solo violin, the attendants will have the opportunity to learn not only the charismatic and provocative music of Astor Piazzolla, but also the composer’s heritage and journey to rediscovering his own musical identity in the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. The characteristic rhythm of the Tango can be found in African-rooted songs and dances throughout South America. It was the result of a mixture of cultures and nationalities. As a result, the complex music of Astor Piazzolla appeals not only to lovers of Tango and classical music concert goers, but reaches a very broad audience. Piazzolla’s own story, the sum of an improbable mix of experiences and sounds, mirrors that of the Tango and the story of so many immigrant nations and their unique cultural fabric.

The concert is Sunday, October 22 at 7:30 PM in PSU’s Lincoln Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and free to students w/ ID. Visit the PSU website for tickets.