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‘Petite Panache’ program to showcase local talent

Sunday a showcase of local talent will perform a feast of German and French music entitled “Petite Panache” in Grass Valley.

The program starts off with Phil Richardson playing “Laudito” by Bernhard Krol, an unusual work for unaccompanied French horn that clearly demonstrates the difficult aspects and demands of its performance. The horn is also featured in “Nocturne” by Franz Joseph Strauss, “Concertpiece” by Saint-Saens, and the “Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 40,” by Brahms.

Violist David Thorp will join Richardson and Aileen James in the “Brahms Trio.” Says Richardson of the trio, “It is one of my most beautiful and favorite pieces to play.”

James, who also hosts the Twin Cities Concert Association’s preconcert forum, says, “‘The ‘Brahms Trio’ is rarely heard as there are very few horn players (or pianists) who want to tackle it … and it is one of Brahms’ supreme examples of his chamber music. He loved the sound of the French horn.”

Thorp will also perform the “Viola Sonata” by Paul Hindemith, a violist who was noted as the most important German composer in the first half of the 20th century. His four sonatas for viola and piano are some of his great masterpieces. Says James, “They are works that not every violist can negotiate. Lucky for us, David had this particular one in his repertoire and has been wanting to perform it for quite awhile.”

The two pianists for this concert, Aileen James and Ken Hardin, will perform the well-known duo piano “Dolly Suite” by Faure.

Thorp has been principal violist of the Apollo orchestra over 20 years and of the Auburn Symphony since 1995. Richardson teaches band in the Pleasant Ridge School District and currently substitutes at Magnolia School.

Hardin, artistic director of the Twin Cities Concert Association who accompanies the horn on the piano, says, “I love being able to showcase such wonderful and diverse talent. It is amazing that we have this level of expertise in our community.”

This concert is sponsored by Joan and Lance Goddard and is dedicated in memory of Judd Trotter.


WHAT: “Petite Panache”

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m. Preconcert forum starts at 1:30 p.m.; reception follows the performance

WHERE: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley.

ADMISSION: $14 adults, $12 seniors, $5 college students with ID (at door only), free for children 5-17 with adult supervision. Tickets for this and all TCCA performances are available in Grass Valley at Mailboxes+ (Raley’s Center) and the Record Connection, also at the door.

INFORMATION: For information, call 470-9454.

This concert is sponsored by Joan and Lance Goddard and is dedicated in memory of Judd Trotter.

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