FARMINGTON – Pianists Lucille Felsenthal and Jean Vandersall will give a “piano four hands” recital Saturday, April 2, in Nordica Auditorium on the University of Maine campus. The two have performed together frequently for audiences in the New York Metropolitan area.

Felsenthal and Vandersall will open with the cheerful and rousing overture to “The Barber of Seville,” by Rossini, and then next perform “Souvenirs: Ballet Suite,” by Samuel Barber, with movements titled “Waltz,” “Schottisch,” “Pas De Deux” and “Hesitation-Tango.”

The program also includes “Two Slavonic Dances,” by Dvorak. Felsenthal and Vandersall will also play “Allegro Brilliante,” by Mendelssohn, and end the concert with “Rhapsody in Blue,” by George Gershwin.

One of the challenges for four/hands pianists to achieve is an excellent “ensemble” – the art of playing precisely together. Because the players’ hands are so often tangled together, “keeping fingernails short is a must,” the performers note.

Felsenthal earned a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslav Horszowski. Vandersall, studied piano in New York with Hedwig Rosenthal, Thomas Richner and Dora Zaslavsky. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, she was a member of the faculty there for 18 years. Both are also active in the New York area, performing with many chamber music ensembles.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission at the door will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens; children under 16 will be admitted free. No advance tickets. FMI: 778-7136.


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