This concert series is one of the few instances in which the entire catalog of Beethoven’s violin sonatas has been performed together. The composer wrote the first nine violin sonatas in just five years but taken together, they represent an incredible creative trajectory. Beethoven broke new boundaries at every step. He wrote his final sonata--the autumnal masterpiece of his mature period--almost eight years later.
WSHU Music Director Kate Remington said, “Part of WSHU’s mission is to share the joy of music discovery, so we are absolutely delighted to bring this concert series to our community. Partnering with Andrew and Joshua will result in beautiful live performances, plus we will also learn some fascinating context around Beethoven’s life and work that make the music even more meaningful.
“Beethoven is lionized as a composer and artist,” said violinist Andrew Smith. “His music is treated with a reverence that can sometimes hide the intellect and passion he intended to convey to the audiences of his era. Joshua and I look forward to demonstrating that passion and intellect, and to sharing what we know about Beethoven’s genius.”
“The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas” concert series is generously sponsored by Dr. Craig McPherson in memory of Anita Kerbeshian McPherson.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Pierce have been recognized for their spellbinding ensemble and insightful interpretations. The prizewinning duo previously performed a series of sold-out concerts at WSHU called the Complete Mozart Violin Sonatas.