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The popularity of violinist Lisa Ibias and pianist Sue Kazama was underestimated when they presented their recital at the new museum.
Concert review: Music at the museum 081617 AE 1 John d'Armand, For the Capital City Weekly The popularity of violinist Lisa Ibias and pianist Sue Kazama was underestimated when they presented their recital at the new museum.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Concert review: Music at the museum

The popularity of violinist Lisa Ibias and pianist Sue Kazama was underestimated when they presented their recital at the new museum. Among Juneau’s finest musicians, these two joined talents to perform a recital Aug. 12, and the organizers had to scramble for chairs and to send many members of the audience to the balcony.

The program opened with the rather early “Sonata No. 8” by Beethoven. This was written as the composer was noticing the early signs of deafness, something easily curable today. The excellent program notes guided the listener through this and each of the other compositions. Unfortunately, the surprisingly large audience quickly exhausted the supply.

The single-movement “Romance in F minor” by Dvořák preceded the quite melodic three-movement “Sonata No. 1 in F major” by Grieg. The fingers of both violinist and pianist glided smoothly, easily, and musically over the many notes of the compositions, which, characteristic of both composers, were full of pleasing melody.

For those who love rhythm, the final work of the program, the “Graceful Ghost Rag” by Bolcom, was quite a foot-stomper.

By the way, Lisa took a moment to acknowledge the excellent work of Sally Schlichting in organizing the program. The response of the audience was enthusiastic. This was just the first of the season’s concerts, several of which will feature Ms. Schlichting as flutist. A high standard was set by this one, leaving us very much looking forward to those that follow.