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The History of the Violin

Ah! Classical music fans and music students, here is an afternoon for you.

On Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m., Orange Hall Theatre will be the setting for “The History of the Violin.” The Bach Double Concerto will lead off the performance. It is double because it was composed for two violins. And during this Sunday afternoon concert, the violins are being exquisitely played by Peter Winograd, violinist of the American String Quartet and Caterina Szepes, violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Playing with them will be well-known pianist Jon Klibonoff. The program will continue with pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Kreisler, and Sarasate.

The concept for the History of the Violin program “was borne out of the realization that as musical language evolved from Bach’s time to the present, so did the way composers use instruments to convey that language,” explains Winograd. Enlarging on that idea, Winograd has organized an educational and yet, very entertaining program for violins and piano. A true scholar of the instrument, he chose works that “demonstrate in a concert format the thread of the remarkable development of the repertoire for Violin and Piano,” he continues.

Come and enjoy a wonderful time of music making. Winograd will introduce each piece with brief remarks. And after the final note is played, he and Caterina Szepes will come to the apron of the stage and converse with the audience in discussion with Q & A.

Peter Winograd gave his first solo public performance when he was 11, and at age 17 he was accepted as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. He holds BM and MM degrees from Juilliard. He has since appeared as a guest soloist with numerous orchestras and in recital across the country and abroad and in 1990, joined the American String Quartet. He is a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music School.

Since her recital debut on RIAS Berlin Radio in 1987, Caterina Szepes, a native of Berlin, has appeared both as soloist and as chamber musician throughout Europe, Australia, South America, and the United States. Szepes has performed at the Taos, Marlboro, Kingston, and Aspen Music Festivals and has collaborated with many artists, including members of the Juilliard and American String Quartets, Seacliff Chamber players, and Philomusica. She studied at the Karlsruhe Hochschule fur Music where she graduated with an Artist Diploma, Summa Cum Laude. She completed her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Szepes is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

A versatile recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber musician, Jon Klibonoff has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. A founding member of the acclaimed ensemble, Trio Solisti, he has performed in major venues such as Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. He holds a BM from the Manhattan School of Music and an MM from The Juilliard School and is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Concordia Conservatory of Music.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at:
The box office opens at 2 p.m. before the performance. Students should pick up their tickets at the box office.

Questions may be directed to and (845) 341-4891. Also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs