The art of the virtuoso is normally compared to athleticism. Speed, accuracy, and power of personality are the easiest ways to wow an audience and get them on their feet, wondering to themselves “How did they do that”? That was the role of the 19th century concert pianist or violinist. Over the years, another kind of virtuosity in music has developed, one that has to do more with the heart of an artist and the insight that they can communicate to an audience. Of course it is this subtle attention to expression that usually wins over the hearts of listeners. Both kinds of virtuosity will be on display, as the MMF features our amazing artists as soloists. This is not a competition. Each player has achieved a level of mastery with their instrument and the music they play. And the concert will present a tremendous variety of styles and periods. Pieces that require only one or two musicians also allow us to have safe rehearsals with one another, as we continue to exercise best practices and behavior to help everyone stay healthy.
This performance is dedicated to the memory of Bruce Browning.