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A Little Romance
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A Little Romance is in the air in this episode as Cupid’s arrow shoots its way onto the stages of the Heifetz Institute. We’ll hear a Vivaldi concerto made famous in a Laurence Olivier romcom; songs, sonatas and string quartets in the key of love; and a wedding gift from another Olivier – Messaien, in this case, played by a real-life husband and wife.

This Episode’s Playlist

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934): Salut D’Amour, Op. 12
Julia Angelov, violin
Zhenni Li-Cohen, piano
Kreeger Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Heifetz Institute Recording | 12.19.2019

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Guitar Concerto in D Major, RV 93
Robby Brown, guitar
Yehun Danny Jin, violin
Kiarra Saito-Beckman, violin
Matt Cohen, viola
Zhihao Wu, cello
Linehan Concert Hall, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
Heifetz Institute Recording | 12. 16.2018

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791): Duo in B-flat Major for Violin & Viola, K. 424
III. Andante grazioso con variazioni
Rachell Ellen Wong, violin; Andrew Gonazalez, viola
Blackfriars Playhouse, American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA
Heifetz Institute Recording | 05.21.2020

Alexander Borodin (1833 – 1887): String Quartet No. 2 – III. Notturno
Liana Branscome, violin; Strauss Shi, violin
Steven Baloue, viola; Ben Fried, cello
South Market Stage, Grace Christian School, Staunton, VA
Heifetz Institute Recording | 03.11.2022

Paul Coletti (B. 1959): From My Heart
Matt Cohen, viola
Zhenni Li-Cohen, piano
Kreeger Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Heifetz Institute Recording | 12.16.2019

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Thème et variations
Kristopher Tong, violin
Miki Sawada, piano
First Presbyterian Church, Staunton, VA
Heifetz Institute Recording | 07.16.2021

Go Deeper

Discover the Elizabethan theatre in the heart of downtown Staunton, Virginia (and hear its fine acoustics for Mozartian music-making in this episode)…the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse!

When not playing with Heifetz students (and, occasionally, her husband Kristopher Tong, as you’ll hear on this episode), pianist Miki Sawada is on an epic and inspiring state-by-state piano odyssey with her Gather Hear tour.  Check it out!

See the trailer and the backstory to the 1979 movie A Little Romance starring Diane Lane (in her first film role) and Sir Laurence Olivier (in one of his final films).  The George Roy HIll-directed rom com won an Oscar for film composer George Delarue, that maybe should have gone to Antonio Vivaldi.

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