Weymouth Season Finale Features Duo Pianists
The season's final concert of the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities Chamber Music Series is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, in the great room at Weymouth. The concert features duo pianists Amy and Sara Hamann.
They will be performing on the Yamaha Grand given by Sally Logan in memory of her husband, Nelson Logan, in the early 1980s. A fine instrument, pianists proclaim it to be beautiful and responsive, says Elaine Sills, chairman of the Chamber Music Concert committee.
The Hamann sisters will be performing a program for "One Piano, Four Hands." Pieces will include "Sonata in D Major, Op. 6" by Ludwig Van Beethoven; "Fantasia in F Minor D. 940" by Franz Schubert; "Petite Suite" by Claude Debussy; "Three Marches Op. 45" by Beethoven; and "Four Norwegian Dances Op. 35" by Edvard Grieg.
Reviewer Michael Anthony of the Star Tribune writes that the "Hamanns are smart, stylish players, and they have a bold streak...[they] attack their instruments with a fierce energy...The sisters also can play with real delicacy, along with perfect unanimity...The Hamanns will go far."
Amy and Sara Hamann, in just a few years, have won international recognition, captivating audiences and critics alike wherever they appear. Most recently, the sisters were honored in New York City by Yamaha Corporation of America, which bestowed on them the title "Yamaha Artists."
As winners of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies' Concerto Competition, Amy and Sara made their professional debut at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minn. Their broad range of repertoire and versatility in playing period and modern instruments has led them to be featured artists with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Oslo International Music Festival, the Quebec International Duo-Piano Festival, as well as the Reding-Piette Two-Piano Festival in Switzerland.
Last Sommerfest season, the Hamanns joined Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra for the American premiere of Haydn's "Concerto for Two Pianos." In addition, the sisters were the guest artists for the season opening concerts of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and the Colonial Chamber Series in Minneapolis, Minn. Frequently, Amy and Sara's performances have been broadcast on national and international television and radio, including NPR's "Performance Today" and "Studio 360."
Amy and Sara are the first American piano duo to win the Absolute First Prize in the Fryderyk Chopin Concorso Pianistico Internazionale, held in Rome, Italy, and the First Prize winners of the International Grieg Competition, held in Oslo, Norway. The Hamanns are the youngest first prize winners in the history of the National Federation of Music Ellis Competition for Duo-Pianists. In addition to winning the first prize, Amy and Sara were awarded the Lucile Parrish Ward Award for the best performance of American music. The sisters are also winners of the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music.
Following on their first CD, "Jeux d'enfants and Other Works for Piano Duo" on the Schubert Club's Ten Thousand Lakes label, they are recording the complete four-hand works for Beethoven. Amy and Sara are under the tutelage of Alexander Braginsky and are represented by StandingOvationArts, Critics Choice Concerts and Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
This concert is partially funded through membership, John Hernandez, and the Lena Stewart Brillhart and John Stewart Music Endowments.
Coordinating the Chamber Music Concerts are Pat Williams-Daws; Tony Hantjis; Ralph Jacobson; Jeffrey Mims; Sondra Nelson; Havner Parrish, Mary Emma Wilson, Lena S. Brillhart, ex-officio, and Elaine M. Sills, chairman.
Admission to the concert is by membership or $15 at the door. Doors will open at 2 p.m. Call 692-6261 for additional information.
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