Moisés Paiewonsky and Elena Miraztchiyska
Moisés Paiewonsky and Elena Miraztchiyska

It’s not always easy to share the spotlight, but Tuesday’s midday concert (11:30 a.m. Jan. 14) at the Arizona Senior Academy features two stellar University of Arizona musicians who do just that. Their program features them alone and together in repertoire spanning more than 200 years.

Trombonist Moisés Paiewonsky, a prize-winning UA associate professor of music, returns to the ASA stage with pianist Elena Miraztchiyska, a UA doctoral candidate and concerto competition winner with whom he’s collaborated in the past.

The pair open and close the program with chamber music for trombone and piano. To begin, they’ll offer a lyrical piece, and to end, a piece Paiewonsky calls “one of my favorites in the trombone solo literature,” Eric Ewazen’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano.

The Ewazen sonata is a modern work, written in 1998. While it looks back in time with an emphasis on classical forms, it fills these forms, Paiewonsky notes, with “modern harmonies and sonorities.” For example, he said, it puts “modality before tonality” and “color, texture, and rhythm before melody.”

Melody and charm predominate in the solo piano sonata that fills the space between the trombone-piano duos. Miraztchiyska offers the Mozart Sonata for Piano in C Major, K. 330, a favorite of audiences (and of the great pianist Vladimir Horowitz). It is a classical-era piece, written some 200 years before the Ewazen. It’s one of Mozart’s loveliest sonatas, with an ebullient first movement, a deep and songful central movement and an energetic, buoyant finale.

“Perfectly crafted classical music in three movements,” said Paiewonsky. He’s right on the mark.

Submitted by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer

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Trombonist, Pianist Enjoy Sharing the Spotlight : Jan. 2014
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