Classically Alive  

Classically Alive presents 

“American Double” featuring
	Philip Ficsor, violin
	Constantine Finehouse, piano 

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Brahms  Sonata in G Major for violin and piano, 
William Bolcom Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano, “Graceful Ghost” Rag, 
Cesar Franck Sonata in A Major for violin and piano.  
Amazingly this duo plays all their chamber music programs totally from memory!

Classically Alive - Minzer/Schreuder Residence $20
(“not so light” refreshments and drinks provided)

PLEASE RSVP - for reservations and info, please contact Abe Minzer at: or (719) 229-2239

Our program will feature two of the most beautiful works for violin and piano from the Romantic period: The intensely lyrical Brahms Sonata in G Major, and the Franck Sonata, a work of great passion and spiritual depth.  As the duo name suggests, American Double, has built their reputation esp. on performing works by American composers, featuring many wonderful works that are underrepresented.  William Bolcom is one of the most respected living American composers, and his music with its direct expression is very well received by audiences all over. American Double will present one of his sonatas and a fun piece, his “Graceful Ghost” Rag.

Please visit to learn more about this wonderful duo.

American Double was founded in 2001 by two Yale graduates following their collaboration on a performance of Ezra Laderman’s Duo for Violin and Piano.  Out of this experience emerged a vision to expand the scope of their repertoire with works by composers of American heritage. Besides working with Laderman, they also coached with William Bolcom in preparation for their CD release: “The Bolcom Project” featuring his complete works for violin and piano, the first of its kind.  Mr. Bolcom has praised Double as “first-rate musicians in every way, balancing style and taste impeccably.”  Their previous recording, Sonatas features them in works by Brahms, Beethoven and Ravel. The 2007-2008 season will see them performing at Yale University’s prestigious New Music New Haven series, as well as at New York’s Steinway Hall and the renowned Harvard Musical Association in Boston.  In October 2006, American Double presented the first complete cycle of Bolcom’s works for violin and piano in Ann Arbor, with the composer personally introducing each work. They also performed his complete Sonatas in 2003 at  New England Conservatory in Boston. The ensemble has been featured on concert series across the United States and Europe. Their 2004 Hungarian tour was lauded by the Kiskunhalas Mirror as “collaboration of an unbelievably high degree”. Their commitment to educational outreach includes presentations at the 2006 College Music Society National Conference, as well as at the Greenwood Music Camp in Easthampton, MA and the Boston Latin school.

PHILIP FICSOR, VIOLIN, recently was named an Assistant Professor of Violin at Westmont Collegein Santa Barbara, California.  He received his D.M.A. in violin performance from Boston University, where his thesis topic concerned the works for violin and piano by William Bolcom.  An avid chamber musician, his participation in a performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time was praised by the Kalamazoo Gazette as "splendid...Ficsor marvelously rendered the ultimate design of Messiaen's work…he effectively created the sense of aurally lifting toward the heavens, step by step”."  Ficsor received his Masters of Music from Yale University, where he studied with Erick Friedman and received the George Wellington Miles Scholarship recognizing "outstanding majors in performance". He earned his BA and an MM in Violin Performance from The University of Michigan (studies with Stephen Shipps).  He has participated in numerous festivals across Europe and the U.S., including The Meadowmount School of Music, the Holland Music Festival (Netherlands), as well as the Semmering Festival (Austria).  Pre-college, Mr. Ficsor attended the Hans Richter Conservatory of Music in Györ, Hungary, where he was enrolled as a violin student.

CONSTANTINE FINEHOUSE, PIANO, was recently praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung, for his “interpretations of depth and maturity.” Since receiving his Masters in Piano Performance from Yale University as a student of Boris Berman, he has performed extensively in the US and abroad. Mr. Finehouse has played with numerous orchestras in the Boston area and has given a number of solo and chamber music performances in the city's best halls. He is a champion of music by the American composer William Bolcom whose complete piano solo works he is currently recording for Naxos Records.  In the 2006-07 season Mr. Finehouse has performed at Brandeis University, MIT, Amherst College, Eastern Tennessee State University and Harvard Musical Association; he will perform in London, Russia, Ukraine and Hungary during the summer season.  Mr.Finehouse completed his undergraduate work at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal and is currently a Graduate Diploma student of Bruce Brubaker at New England Conservatory.  His awards include the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Juilliard, a 2004 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant and a 2006 Classics Abroad Project Award.  

For reservations/info: Contact or 229-2239
Please RSVP early - Space Is Limited

Beloved teacher, pianist Walter Hautzig, passed away this past January, 2017 at the age of 95.  Walter Hautzig had an illustrious career and played thousands of concerts on every continent.  He was a US State Department musical ambassador, and was the first American musician chosen to play in China, his concert broadcasted to almost 1 billion Chinese people, at a time when diplomatic relations between the US and China were just opening up.
He had a special relationship with each of his students, and cared for each of us like a parent.   As musician/teacher he gave insight to the very essence of each composer- a smart, but not overly-intellectual approach, that always dealt directly on the emotional, human level of the music.


For reservations/info: Contact or 229-2239
Please RSVP early - Space Is Limited

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