For only its second known performance since its discovery in 2003, the Cape Ann Symphony will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Fantasy and Variations for Two Pianos and Orchestra.This piece was a collaboration between Felix Mendelssohn and his friend Ignaz Moscheles, a piano virtuoso of the time, originally written in 1833. It was first performed in Texas after being discovered and edited by two musicologists recently.
There are two endings to the piece, one written by Mendelssohn, one by Moscheles. The CAS will be performing both without telling the audience who wrote which. Yoichi will conduct a short poll afterwards to see which ending people liked more.
Two Outstanding Pianists coming!
Performing the piece on the two concert grand pianos March 28 will be Kiyoshi Tamagawa (left in photo) and Jun Toguchi. Mr. Tamagawa is the director of music at Southwestern University in Texas and has performed solo and collaborative piano pieces throughout North America as well as England, China and India. Mr. Toguchi is an outstanding performer who has performed extensively in New England and Japan. He has been a soloist with the Cape Ann Symphony, and played the Ravel Piano Concerto with the orchestra during the 2002-2003 Season.