The decade that gave us flappers, women's suffrage, prohibition and the Great Depression, also delivered works by music greats Aaron Copland, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and George Enescu. These composers will be featured during "Jazz and Romanian Fiddling in Classical Music from 1926," a recital presented by A Year in Classical Music at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Omaha, on 114th St. between Center and Pacific, 3 PM, April 23rd.
Violinist William Wolcott and pianist Yulia Kalashnikova will perform Two Pieces for Violin and Piano, by Copland, its two movements entitled "Ukulele Serenade," and "Nocturne"; Sonata for Piano and Violin, by Crawford Seeger; and Violin Sonata No. 3 — In the Popular Romanian Style, by Enescu. Each piece was composed in 1926.
AYICM creator and host Brian Linnell calls the 1920s, "perhaps the most dynamic decade in the history of classical music. The 1920's heard the mainstream classical tradition inflected with early Modernist techniques, and with many nationalist styles that were addressed by classical composers for the first time, such as jazz and Eastern European folk music."
Wolcott, a protégé of famed violinist Eugene Fodor, is a member of the Nebraska Arts Council's Touring Artists Roster, and has his own teaching studio in Omaha. Kalashnikova, who earned her Master's Degree in piano performance from Russia's Kazan State Conservatory, is a member of the Omaha Conservatory piano faculty and the accompanist for the Omaha Children’s Chorus™.
The Nebraska Arts Council, together with A Year in Classical Music’s sponsors, have made the performance available to the public free of charge; a donation plate will be passed for those who would like to offer the suggested contribution of $10. Donors may also contribute to A Year in Classical Music through its PayPal™ account, by following the link on the AYICM.com homepage. A Year in Classical Music is a project of The Linnell Foundation for Music History, Inc., which the IRS recognizes as a tax-exempt organization under code 501(c)(3). The Linnell Foundation will provide tax-deductible receipts to sponsors who make their donation through our PayPal™ account.