About Our Concert

This concert is another in a long series of collaborative performances I have done with Scott Holshouser, the Houston Symphony pianist, and friend of mine for many years. Scott’s son Sean and my daughter Brittany have both developed a love for, and professional interest in American Musical Theater.
Last year, Musica Tra Amici presented a very successful program featuring Scott and I, along with Sean and Brittany doing music of Gershwin and Copland. We would like to follow that line a little further this year and see how the line between “classical” and “popular” music is often blurred in American art music.

There is no better place to look for that than in the music of William Bolcom. William Bolcom, one of America’s most important composers, was a good friend of my former violin teacher and mentor, Sergiu Luca. William Bolcom wrote a number of pieces for Sergiu, two of which which will be featured on this program. An arrangement of his ragtime peace, “Graceful Ghost“ will open the program. We will follow that with the second sonata for violin and piano, the finale of which is dedicated to the great jazz violinist¬†Joe Venuti. From there, Sean and Brittany will take over and present a number of William Bolcom’s theatrical cabaret songs. ¬†We will also sneak in a few surprise cabaret songs written by “serious” classical European composers who were fascinated by the genre. And we will end with the logical progression to the American Musical Theater composer, Cole Porter. We expect this program to be great fun, and we would love to have you join us!