Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH—Critic Jim Lowe of the Times Argus names the Middlebury-based Davydov-Fanning cello/piano duo “One of Vermont’s state treasures.” In April the duo will embark on its eighth concert tour of Europe and will unveil the tour program at Chandler on Saturday evening, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a meet-the-artists reception in the gallery following the performance.
On the full and rich program will be Beethoven’s Sonata for piano and Cello No. 2, “Phantasiestück”, Opus 8, No. 2 by Paul Hindemith, and “Allegro Appassionato” by Camille Saint-Saens, featuring the cellist, Dieuwke Davydov. Diana Fanning will perform two etudes for solo piano by Debussy and Chopin’s Berceuse, Op. 57.” In addition, since this concert tour celebrates their 40th anniversary together as a duo, they have chosen the Brahms Sonata No. 1 in e minor, Op. 38 to be part of the program because it was on the very first program that they played together.
Featured on the Chandler program is a work by Randolph’s own resident composer, Kathy Wonson Eddy. The composition for piano and cello, “Peace on Earth: A Hermit Thrush Singing in Deep Woods,” was composed shortly after the tragedy of Sept. 11, “as a touchstone for people to find their way back to peace.”
Fanning and Davydov been acclaimed in the U.S. and abroad for their virtuosic brilliance, musical insight, and remarkable rapport as a duo. Besides touring in New England and the recent release of a CD of live concert performances, they have undertaken extensive concert tours of Europe which have included recordings for Radio Netherlands. Radio audiences in the U.S. have heard the duo on the “Morning Pro Musica” Live Performers Series over WGBH-FM, Boston, and in live concert performances on WNYC, New York, and on Vermont Public Radio.
Tickets for the Chandler concert are available online at chandler-arts.org or by calling 802- 728-6464 weekdays 12-5 p.m.
Chandler Music Hall is fully accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired. Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.
Photo courtesy of Chandler Center for the Arts
DIANA FANNING, DIEUWKE DAVYDOV