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Live from Hochstein: Timeless Melodies: Brahms, Kreisler, Beach, Schoenfeld, 5/8

Violinist Koki Tanaka and pianist E-Na Song will guide you through a journey of romantic pieces to showcase the variety of emotions that music can evoke.

You're invited to hear this music on Live from Hochstein on Wednesday, May 8th, at 12:10pm, in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or by listening to the live broadcast on WXXI Classical.

Brahms’ short piece Sonatensatz is particularly energetic, filled with a multitude of emotions. Fritz Kreisler was a master of expression on his violin, and Three Old Viennese Dances show a subtle performer’s personal touch. Amy Beach’s Romance introduces fluid lyricism and even more heightened emotions of late romantics. She was known for her expressive melodies and sophisticated harmonies.

Paul Shoenfeld's Four Souvenirs is a modern take on classical folk or popular music genre. All four movements – Samba, Tango, Tin Pan Alley, and Square Dance – require virtuosity of both violin and piano, and the music will take you briefly to a jazz club where you can sit back and enjoy the different mood from the previous pieces you just heard.

Born in Korea, Dr. E-Na Song is a concert pianist, collaborative pianist, and educator. As an active performer, she has performed throughout the US, Poland, Spain, Austria, and Korea. Dr. Song is an adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology and Roberts Wesleyan University and on the piano faculty of The Hochstein School and Roberts Community Music School.

Born in Japan, later moving to the United States, Dr. Koki Tanaka started playing the violin at age 6 and made his debut at age 18 at Benaroya Hall, performing with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and University of Washington, he has given solo recitals at Eastman School of Music, SUNY Brockport, George Eastman House, and Nazareth University.

Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami is a series of midday concerts by some of the finest artists in our area broadcast live from The Hochstein Performance Hall. Each of these free concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duos, and vocal and chamber ensembles. You can also hear an encore broadcast of Live from Hochstein later the same day at 10 p.m. on WXXI Classical.

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