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I saw many of Juneau’s musical cognoscenti in the audience, and they all seemed to be entranced by the recital.
Recital review: Outstanding homegrown musicians 071217 AE 1 John D'Armand, For the Capital City Weekly I saw many of Juneau’s musical cognoscenti in the audience, and they all seemed to be entranced by the recital.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Recital review: Outstanding homegrown musicians

With their impressive skills and sensibilities, Jon Hays and Franz Felkl entertained and astonished a most appreciative Juneau audience at the piano and violin recital at Aldersgate Church on July 7. While we whiled away our days, these two young men were honing their art. Hays started to play piano late but, like the tortoise racing the hare, he practiced several hours every day to perfect his technique. There's no finish line in music, but he and Franz Felkl came close. 

They started with the precocious early “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” K. 379, by Mozart, who claimed to have composed the work in an hour in the middle of the night. Hays then took the stage and sailed through the Beethoven “Piano Sonata No. 12” as though it were no trouble at all.

The two musicians ended their program with a powerful rendition of the Brahms “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” Opus 78. One would think they had communicated with the composer’s muse, then practiced long and conscientiously. This left the audience quite uplifted musically.

Having attended several of Hays’ concerts as his art and technique developed, I was quite pleased to find that his years of effort had not been in vain.

When Felkl was barely old enough to hold a violin, his father sat with him an hour every day, patiently encouraging him to play. Play he did – and apparently with great interest and talent. Every time I heard him, I was amazed at the progress he had made since the previous time his playing had graced my ears.

I saw many of Juneau’s musical cognoscenti in the audience, and they all seemed to be entranced by the recital.

 

As I looked around,

I saw no frown,

only expressions of pleasure.

There’s really no word

for the music we heard

right to the very last measure.

John D’Armand lives in Juneau. He can frequently be found around the Capital City’s music scene.