Classically Alive  

Classically Alive presents 

(top l. to r., Ludwig van Beethoven, Sir Arnold Bax, bottom l. to r., Antonin Dvorak, Maurice Ravel, David Popper)
Beethoven, Bax & Beyond 
Norah Clydesdale, cello
Abe Minzer, piano

Saturday, April 28, 2018  6:00 PM
Classically Alive - Minzer/Schreuder Residence
8 Broadmoor Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
$20 includes “not so light” refreshments and drinks
PLEASE RSVP EARLY- for reservations and info 
please contact Abe Minzer at: or (719) 229-2239

Come join us for an evening filled with great music featuring Norah Clydesdale on the cello, 
Abe Minzer on piano.  So many people comment to me, how much they love the cello.  And Beethoven!, a favorite composer for so many will be featured, along with England’s best-kept secret, Sir Arnold Bax, plus a trio of wonderful “Beyond” composers.

Our program opens with a beautiful romantic musical poem, “Silent Woods” by Antonin Dvorak.  This work is tender, sentimental, poignant and with touches that evoke Dvorak’s Czech heritage and landscape.  Then follows a meditative work, “Two Hebraic Melodies” by Maurice Ravel, the Impressionist musical master.  The first melody, “Kaddish”, is a memorial prayer, and the beautiful cello melody, in Jewish improvisatory cantorial style, has a deep, dark, soulful tone.  The brief second melody, “The Eternal Enigma”, employs regular rhythms and recurring harmonic patterns, creating a hypnotic effect.

The major work of the first half is the Legend-Sonata by Sir Arnold Bax.  This is a rarely heard work, that cellist and pianist here are most excited to perform for Classically Alive.  Bax’s music abounds in inspired melodies with lush, sensual, romantic harmonies.  His music is a fusion of styles reminiscent of Debussy, Strauss, Rachmaninoff and others, but with something that is uniquely Bax.  The first movement of the Legend-Sonata has a fantasy-like quality with moods shifting between forceful, whimsical, sensual, mystical, veiled and ferocious, to name a few.  The second movement is slow and romantic, with memorable melodies, and is recognized as one of Bax’s most inspired efforts.   The third/final movement opens with a playful dance-like theme, and much of the movement has a fun, mischievous nature with surprises and wit throughout.  Beautiful soaring melodies with harmonic ingenuity make their appearances, and brilliant, exalted writing ends the imaginative Legend-Sonata.

The Beethoven Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano is from the composer’s late period, a time of the composer’s most sublime output.  Each of the two movements of the sonata begin slow and reflective, followed by faster, energetic music.  The slow music is mainly poetic, either expressive or sweet, as noted by the composer’s indications in the score.  The fast music in the first movement has an enigmatic, searching intense quality, while the second movement offers a lighter, happier mood.

Closing the program is the Hungarian Rhapsody of David Popper.  Popper was one of the greatest cellist of the 19th century, working Liszt, Brahms and other notables.  The Popper Rhapsody borrows theme from Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano.  Popper’s heartfelt melodies evoking Eastern Europe folk and his brilliant virtuoso writing with its gypsy flair, will no doubt bring “Beethoven, Bax & Beyond” to a rousing conclusion.          


Waldesruhe (Silent Woods)		                                               Antonin Dvorak (1841 -1904)

Two Hebraic Melodies (1914)		                                       Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
          I: Kaddish
         II: The Eternal Enigma
Legend - Sonata for Cello and Piano (1943)			                Arnold Bax (1883 - 1953)
          I: Allegro risoluto
         II: Lento espressivo
        III: Allegro


Sonata No. 4 in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 102, No. 1 
                                                                                           Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
          I: Andante - Allegro vivace
         II: Adagio - Tempo d’Andante - Allegro vivace
Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68		                                         David Popper (1843 - 1913)



Norah Clydesdale, cello, comes from a family of musicians originating in Glasgow, Scotland. Her grandfather, Mr. Robert Clydesdale, was an orchestra conductor and cellist who immigrated to New York State in 1932. He sailed on a cruise ship across the Atlantic performing trios aboard, and proceeded to continue his career as a cellist and teacher in upstate New York.  Ms. Clydesdale’s parents were was Stuart and Joyce Clydesdale. Stuart played the piano, while Joyce sang professionally in opera productions in California’s Bay Area. Norah started playing the piano at five years of age and the cello at eight. Cello soon emerged as her main instrument of study.         
Norah studied with Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet and Andor Toth, Jr. of the Hungarian Quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory. She then traveled south to study with Gabor Reijto and Bernardo Segall at USC before culminating her training at Boston University. In Boston Ms. Clydesdale studied for seven years with world-renowned concert cellist and pedagogue George Neikrug. 
Ms. Clydesdale has participated in Masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Walter Trampler and Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet. She played professionally in the Boston area--principally as a chamber musician, performing the entire Beethoven Quartets Cycle with the Artaria Quartet before moving to Paris, France. In France she was an active educator, teaching cello, violin, and the love of music to children and adults in Paris. Ms. Clydesdale also developed the string department at the Lycee Ombrosa in Lyon, France. 
Speaking Italian fluently, Ms. Clydesdale rounded out her career in Europe teaching music to young school children in Milan, Italy.
Norah recently returned from Europe and is now an active performer and educator in Colorado. She has performed with the Grace String Quartet, as Assistant Principal Cello of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and was Principal Cello of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic for three years. Norah also performs with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Colorado State University Faculty Piano Trio, now the Prometheus Piano Trio.

Norah is the Cello Instructor and Assistant Orchestra Director at CSU Pueblo, and has taught cello also at Pikes Peak Community College.  She also maintains private teaching studios in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.  Norah runs the Clydesdale Music and Art Studio in downtown Pueblo, to reach out to interested students in the regional community as well as in New Mexico.   

Abe Minzer, piano, earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a doctorate in music at West Virginia University, and has taught at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. He plays concerts throughout the US, and has appeared as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Abe Minzer teaches piano, music history and music theory at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Also, Dr. Minzer is on the faculty at Pikes Peak Community College where he teaches Private Piano, Group Piano, Music Theory, and serves as staff pianist/accompanist. Dr. Abe Minzer often performs works of living composers, including world premieres of compositions by Sylvia Hazlerig, Jorge Cardoso, Jim Bosse and Ofer Ben-Amots. For more information, please visit: For more information on  Abe Minzer - CDs, samples, reviews and comments, please visit:

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Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive features diverse monthly house concerts, which include food, drink, and time for guests to socialize, and mingle with the musicians. 

At the venue, founder, director, and pianist, Dr. Abe Minzer performs along with many top musicians of the Pikes Peak region.  Additionally, Classically Alive hosts world-class visiting artists of national and international reputation, often as part of the Piano Masterworks series and through collaboration with the German arts organization, Weltklassik.  

Since its inception in 2006, Classically Alive has presented over 150 concerts featuring over 100 musicians.  The eclectic offerings include a wide range of classical, as well as contemporary, popular styles, jazz, and world music. 
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