Join us for two evenings of chamber music, as the Deerfield Academy Music Department presents two Chamber Music Concerts this week. The concerts will take place on Wednesday, February 26, and Thursday, February 27, at 7 pm in the Caswell Library (Main School Building).
Wednesday’s program includes five pieces that showcase Deerfield’s talented string players. Senior hockey player David Lackner ’14 exchanges his skates for his cello in his debut in Henry Eccles’ Sonata for Cello and Piano, accompanied by Maggie Yin ’16 on piano. The evening also features Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D minor, with six different violin soloists: Jiwon Shin ’17, Amelia Sawyers ’15, Thomas Yum ’14, Michael Park ’15, Yong-hun Kim ’15, and Zibo Gao ’15.
Thursday will be a night of debuts, with three pieces being performed at Deerfield for the first time. Ludwig van Beethoven’s demanding String Quartet in F Major will be performed by Thomas Yum ’14 (violin), Zibo Gao ’15 (violin), Lawrence Kim ’14 (viola), and Nathan Steele ’17 (cello). Hae June Kim ’16 (clarinet), Liam Gong ’16 (bassoon), and Katherine Chen ’15 (piano) will debut Mikhail Glinka’s Trio Pathetique in D minor. Closing out the night will be the debut of Felix Mendelssohn’s youthful and exciting masterpiece Octet for Strings, featuring eight incredible string players: Yong-hun Kim ’15 (violin), Zibo Gao ’15 (violin), Jiwon Shin ’17 (violin), Amelia Sawyers ’15 (violin), Lawrence Kim ’14 (viola), Maddie Moon ’16 (viola), Nathan Steele ’17 (cello), and David Liu ’15 (cello). Mendelssohn’s Octet has been called “one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music,” and its debut at Deerfield is a testament to the enormous talent of our string players this year.