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Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission Jun 11, 2017 $25.00 $2.37
Young Adult (21- 30) Jun 11, 2017 $15.00 $1.82
Youth (20 and under) Jun 11, 2017 $10.00 $1.54

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St. Alban’s is pleased to present cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak and pianist Alison Lee in a special all-Beethoven recital on the afternoon of June 11th. Ms. Lee and Mr. Pastor-Chermak will perform all five of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano, a monumental program that spans the composer’s entire lifetime. 

Over the course of his career, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) composed five sonatas for cello and piano. Sonatas No.1 and 2, Op.5, were completed in 1796; they are the work of a young, brilliant, restless composer, still finding his own musical voice while eking out a living playing gigs and teaching piano lessons in Vienna. Twelve years later, in 1808, Beethoven returned to the combination of cello and piano to write the Sonata No.3, Op.69. Beethoven also completed the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies in 1808, and like these orchestral works, the third cello sonata synthesizes heroic drama, masterful planning, and ear-catching tunes – in other words, the Beethoven we know and love! In 1815, Beethoven completed his exploration of the cello-piano duo with Sonatas No.4 and 5, Op.102. These works contain all the hallmarks of Beethoven’s late style: they are spare and economical in scope, eccentric and idiosyncratic, and more contemplative and philosophical than his earlier compositions.

While individual Beethoven sonatas are often heard on cello-piano duo programs, it is a rare treat to hear all five in a single afternoon. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two up-and-coming Bay Area musicians in St. Alban’s beautiful Parish Hall.

About the artists:

Isaac Pastor-Chermak returns to St. Alban’s after a triumphant performance of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello in July 2016. He is Principal Cellist of Portland Opera and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic. Pastor-Chermak holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.). He makes his home in North Berkeley, but is at home wherever the music takes him. 

Alison Lee is currently working on her doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studies with Lydia Artymiw. She received her MM degree from Rice University under Jon Kimura Parker and BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory under Angela Cheng.  A native of Fremont, California, Alison studied with Hans Boepple and Jed Galant during her precollege years.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Ample street parking.  One block north of Solano Avenue/#18 AC Transit line. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please call 510-525-1716 between 9 am - 1 pm, Monday - Friday, or email 

Have questions about Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano? Contact St. Alban's Episcopal Church

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St Alban's Episcopal Church
1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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St. Alban's is a warm and welcoming faith community that also loves great live music and offers performance spaces that are comfortable and provide excellent acoustics.

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