December 7, 2020
This is very short notice, but I hope you will be able to join us (virtually) this coming Sunday afternoon, December 13 at 2:00 pm to share in a project that has been brewing for over a year and a half.
In May 2019, Simon Fryer, principal cellist of the RSO, approached me with an idea for a project he had been “hankering” to do (his words) for some time, and that was to present the set of all five Beethoven Cello Sonatas in one event. Given December 2020 was to be the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, he felt it would be the right time to present such an event, and we agreed. He had been in conversations with collaborative pianist, Katherine Dowling, who was also enthusiastic about the idea of a celebratory concert.
As you can imagine, the project has gone through many iterations since that conversation…not the programme itself, but the mode of presentation. Just as we thought we had all of the details nailed down, something would arise that would necessitate a new plan. I can finally confidently say, we have a plan to deliver the event, free of charge, as a digital live stream on Sunday, Dec. 13 starting at 2:00 p.m. The programme will last approximately 2.5 hours. Given the short notice, we will be leaving the concert up for viewing until the end of the month.
Though it has been a struggle to get to this point, and it is unfortunate Simon and Katherine will not have the in person audience they would have liked, I still see many gifts: a gift to Simon who has always wanted to do this, a gift from Simon and Katherine to all of us, and, though there will not be the in person audience hoped for, one of the nicer silver linings is the opportunity to share the event more broadly with people outside our community (including Simon’s mom). And, finally, this is a gift not only to you, but from you, our loyal subscribers, donors and single ticket purchasers. Because of your past and present support, we were able to make this idea a reality.
Stay tuned for more details –