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Cole Series to feature violin, piano recital

January 27, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
Jennifer Dalmas (left) and Kae Hosoda-Ayer
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Jennifer Dalmas and Kae Hosoda-Ayer performing a violin and piano recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola at SFA, and Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor at Baylor University where she teaches collaborative piano, will perform sonatas for violin and piano by three distinctive composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms and Maurice Ravel.

The first piece on the program will be Mozart's Sonata for piano and violin in E minor, K. 304.

"It was written when Mozart was in Paris and around the time of his mother's death, which probably accounts for its melancholy and expressive character," Dalmas said. "Although an early work, it is regarded as one of Mozart's finest chamber compositions."

The Violin Sonata in G major by Ravel emphasizes the difference in tone colors between the two instruments, Dalmas explained, describing the piece as "elegant and sometimes quirky."

"The second movement, 'Blues,' contains many jazz and blues elements," she said, "and the last movement is quite exciting, featuring perpetual motion throughout."

The final piece on the program is the Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108, which is the last sonata Brahms composed for the violin and the "most dramatic and stormy in character," Dalmas said.

"It is almost symphonic in scope, as well, and is his only violin sonata containing four movements," she said.

Dalmas and Hosoda-Ayer will perform this same program in Waco on Feb. 6 before performing it at SFA. Dalmas will also teach a master class at Baylor University that day.

Tickets for this Cole Performing Arts Series performance are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.