Friday, Nov 01, 2019 7:30p -
The First Baptist Church of Medford
29 Oakland Street
Medford, MA 02155
The First Baptist Church of Medford is proud to present “Vienna to Spain: Bach, Beethoven & De Falla” featuring Akiko Kobayashi, violin, and Eric Seipkes, piano.
Friday, November 1st
FREE ADMISSION || $10 Suggested Donation
Bach: Sonata for Violin & Clavier no.1 in b minor, BWV 1014
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin & Piano no.8, op.30 no.3 in G major
De Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole
The sonatas are written when the composers were at the apex of their creative powers. Enlightenment longings and the struggles of the human soul weave through the filigree of Bach's texture, which lead us into the joyful rush of Beethoven's middle period sonata. Beethoven's heroism and noble pursuit of the ideal contrast with the exotic Spanish climes of De Falla's popular songs.
New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi is an active solo and chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist with the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and InterHarmony Festival Orchestra. Her recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA League; Steinway Hall in New York; Cathedral of St. John in New York; Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany; Konzertsaal des Rathauses in Bavaria; and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, broadcast live on WFMT.
She has appeared at international festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the InterHarmony International Music Festival in the Berkshires and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Festival in Bavaria, where she performed as both soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in master classes for the Stradivarius Society, Zvi Zeitlin, and Sergiu Schwartz.
Her interests include baroque performance and compositional practices, baroque violin bows, and violin and harpsichord works. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Music in Classical Violin from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Victor Aitay, Sidney Harth and Felix Galimir.
Eric Siepkes studied piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY for his Bachelor of Music Degree, where he was awarded the Howard Hanson Scholarship and the George Eastman Grant. After reading C.P.E. Bach's Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments, he was inspired to explore early music performance practices and began to study organ and harpsichord as secondary instruments. He later continued his piano performance studies at the Mannes College of Music in NYC with Professor Irina Morozova, his most influential teacher and mentor.
Siepkes has performed in master classes for Richard Goode, Angela Hewitt, and Natalya Antonova, and has played in chamber music master classes for London Baroque, the Avalon String Quartet, and the Eroica Trio. Chamber music has been an important aspect of his artistic development. During his pre-college studies at City Music Center, Duquesne University, his chamber group was selected for a live performance on WQED Radio Pittsburgh. Future collaborations have included duo performances on WFMT Chicago, in a live broadcast of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series.
Promoting awareness of the importance of the humanities and the arts, and a well rounded approach to music education are particular concerns and interest for Mr. Siepkes. Programs that he has helped to present include a Mozart Festival at the Allegheny River Stone Center for the Arts near Pittsburgh, PA which included an emphasis on educational outreach to local public schools, as well as informal lectures and performances for the general public. As a journey through Lent, he co-organized a series entitled Meditating Bach, in which he collaborated with colleagues in performing Bach's Six Sonatas for Violin and Clavier, and gave an informal talk on the influence that Bach's Christian faith had on his compositions.