A week ago I received a text from friend and colleague Francisco Fullana asking if he could stay with me over the weekend and suggested we might even make some music together. Five days later on Friday evening, March 24th we found ourselves playing to a sell out crowd in SandBox and raising nearly $2000 to help in the recovery efforts of the community of Pajaro. Francisco arrived late on Thursday evening after performing the Szymanowski violin concerto #1 in Madrid the night before. Frida morning we briefly read through our duo repertoire planned for Friday evening then he rushed up to Santa Clara County Court House to take his oath and receive his American citizenship!!! Returning with only 45 minutes to spare Francisco wowed the audience with his virtuosity and musicianship. The evening started out with the beloved
Chaconne by JS Bach, followed by a self designed triptych of sorts:
Duo - Allegro serioso, non troppo. Zoltan Kodaly
Duo. Andante Pal Hermann
Duo- Allegro Giocoso - Zingaresca Erwin Schulhoff
this was followed by some very showy solo works:
Asturias Isaac Albeniz
Recuerdos de la Alhambra.
It was a rousing ovation for everything shared that evening and tremendous gratitude for all we were able to accomplish and share in community. It was a great concert for a great cause. We were especially grateful to Gail Dryden for having brought 6 of the most divine home made chocolate raspberry tarts to share with everyone present. We also want to recognize Beth Peerless from the Monterey Herald for giving SandBox the incredible shout out in Thursday's Monterey Herald! It takes a village, as the saying goes. What a wonderful village we created together. Thank you everyone!
Here are a few brief samples from the evenings offerings:
Andante for the Grand Duo by Pal Hermann
Zingaresca from the Duo
by Erwin Schulhoff
Gail Dryden delivering her marvelous chocolate raspberry tarts!