Seattle’s mistress of the fortepiano, Tamara Friedman, praised for the depth, wit, and humor of her performances (Seattle Times), joins forces with violinist Stephen Daniels and internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano Dolores Holt to perform an evening of chamber music including a Mozart Sonata (K. 303), songs by Schubert & Schumann, Schubert’s Fantasie for Violin and Piano, and a selection of Schubert Ländler and Waltzes. Ms. Friedman will be playing on a magnificent 1820s-style Viennese grand fortepiano.
Dolores Holt, dramatic soprano
Stephen Daniels, violin
Tamara Friedman, “Grafendorfer” grand fortepiano
Sonata in C major for violin and piano, K. 303 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91)
Tempo di Menuetto
Frühlingsglaube (Ludwig Uhland) by Schubert
Ganymed (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) by Schubert
Der Doppelgänger (Heinrich Heine) by Schubert
Am Flusse (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) by Schubert
Mondnacht (Joseph von Eichendorff) by Schumann
Sixteen Waltzes and Ländler by Schubert
Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, op. posth. 159, D. 934 by Schubert
Andantino (Theme and Variations)
Ständchen, from Schwanengesang, D. 957 (Ludwig Rellstab) by Schubert
The Viennese grand fortepiano was built of Rodney Regier (Freeport, ME) and is based on original instruments by Conrad Graf and Ignaz Bösendorfer, ca. 1830. Our dedicated piano technician is Todd Loomis, Stanwood, WA.
Piano Moving provided by Pro Piano Move.
Specials Thanks to George Bozarth for Artistic and Technical Support
About the artists:
The voice of acclaimed dramatic soprano Dolores Holt has graced opera houses and concert stages through Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Singing leading roles in operas by Mozart (Don Giovanni, Marriage of Figaro), Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann), Gounod (Faust), Boito (Mesphisto), Verdi (Falstaff, La Forza del Destino), Puccini (Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut), and Richard Strauss (Der Rosenkavalier), she has performed with the Berlin, Seattle, New York City, Miami, Columbus (OH), and Sarajevo Operas. Dolores has appeared as guest soloist with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rochester, Phoenix, Ottowa, Mexico City Symphonies in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem, and Bernstein’s Kaddish.
Stephen Daniels is a distinguished concert artist, who has a vast repertoire ranging from solo Bach sonatas to the light salon pieces of Fritz Kreisler. During his seven years in Vienna, where he held a post with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, he premiered works by noted contemporary Austrian composers for Austrian radio. A consensus of his many European and American concerts was written by critic Ann Trout Blinks: “It was amazing that one person and one instrument could produce such a wide range of sounds at one time . . . to create an uncanny orchestral effect that held the audience spellbound.”
Steve holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Washington, where he studied with Emmanuel Zetlin and Denes Zsigmondy. His other teachers have included Helen Pagels, Eduard Melkus, and Wolfgang Schneiderhahn at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Ruggiero Ricci in Italy, and Camilla Wicks in Seattle.
A winner of numerous awards, including the Battelle Competition, the Thalia Competition, and the Marylhurst Concerto Competition, Steve has many solo orchestral appearances to his credit. Recent performances of the Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Beethoven violin concertos have received critical acclaim.
A special interest in chamber music has led Steve to become leader of the highly acclaimed Johann Strauss Trio, which specializes in light Viennese repertoire. Season after season, the trio has drawn ovations from both critics and audiences.
Pianist Tamara Friedman, praised for the depth, wit, and humor of her performances (Seattle Times), attended the Oberlin Conservatory and received her master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music (NYC). She has collaborated with such artists as Stanley Ritchie, Jaap Schröder, and Max van Egmond, and appears with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock as Duo Amadeus. In the Pacific Northwest she has performed on the Musique du Jour Presents!, Seattle Camerata, Allegro Baroque and Beyond, Belle Arte, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and Mostly Nordic series and for the Governor’s Chamber Music Festival. She has been the featured performer in early piano workshops for Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and the Western Early Keyboard Association, and maintains a private studio in Seattle, where she teaches modern piano and fortepiano on her collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboard instruments, which is on display at the Seattle Early Keyboard Collection. Her summers are spent in Bath, Maine, where she also has a group of historic pianos and performs on the Kennebec Early Music Festival.