Academy audiences who have long appreciated the talents of violist Hong-Mei Xiao and pianist Paula Fan will have the opportunity to hear the artists perform together in a recital on Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 11:30 a.m. at the Arizona Senior Academy.
The program will feature two masterworks in the viola literature. “The Rhapsodie-Concerto” by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, commissioned in 1952, is a lyrical piece in neo-romantic style. The Brahms “Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1,” from 1894, was originally scored for clarinet and piano, but is often performed in its alternate version for viola and piano.
Hong Mei Xiao was born into a musical family in China and began violin study with her father, Xiao Heng, a well-known composer. She completed her musical training in the United States with violist John Graham at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A member of the UA music faculty, Xiao is an award-winning performer and recording artist. She will perform in Europe, Asia and the U.S. this year, including an appearance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
In addition to performing as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, University of Arizona Regents Professor Emerita Paula Fan has recorded extensively and broadcast internationally. A committed Earthwatch volunteer, she is a founding member of Solar Storytellers, a solar powered piano trio sponsored by the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer