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"History of the Violin!" Scheduled for March 11

Back by popular demand: History of the Violin! But this time it is History of the Violin 2 with violinists Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet and Catarina Szepes of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra accompanied by chamber musician/orchestra soloist/recitalist Jon Klibonoff, pianist.

Works by nine composers are featured in this educational, yet entertaining afternoon of classical music starting at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 11 in the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange, Middletown.  To make it even more interesting, the concert has two sections: Sturm and Drang and The Ecstatic Voice. Only one composer is found in both sections, none other than Beethoven, whose sonatas are on the program with selected pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Grieg, Franck, Elgar, Ravel, Sarasate, and Moszkowski. Movements from classical through the first quarter of the twentieth century compositions demonstrate the exquisite beauty of the violin and in the hands of virtuosi, husband-wife musicians Winograd and Szepes, concertgoers are in for a treat.

A true scholar of the instrument, Peter Winograd will introduce each piece with brief remarks, explaining as the performance progresses “the remarkable development of the repertoire for Violin and Piano.” After the final note is played, he, Szepes, and  Klibonoff, will return to the stage for discussion and Q & A with the audience.

Tickets are available starting at 2 p.m. on the day of the performance and online anytime at: 

Admission is  $15 adults and $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni, plus a $2.50 service charge for each online ticket. Free tickets for all students must be picked up at the box office.

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

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs