The Rotislav and Luba Edlina-Dubinsky Classical Music Series will open its first season Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. in FHSU’s Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The concert, sponsored by the FHSU Department of Music and Theatre, is free and open to the public.
In honor of the opening, pianist Irena Ravitskaya and cellist Benjamin Cline will be joined by guest violinist Sharon Stanis. Stanis is a former student of Rotislav Dubinsky and Ravitskaya studied with Edlina-Dubinsky. The Dubinskys emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1976 and taught at the University of Indiana. Stanis, one of the founding members of the Lafayette String Quartet, is at present an Artist in Residence at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The program should please nearly everyone. A duet for violin and piano, “Suite in the Old Style” (1972) by Alfred Schnittke promises to be a lot of fun. Schnittke composed it in a quasi Baroque style, but used bits and pieces of music he had written for Russian movies.
Music from the Romantic era will comprise the rest of the program. Stanis and Ravitskaya will perform Beethoven’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in A minor.” Cline will join them in Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio in D minor.”
There will be three more concerts in the series this season: Mei-Hsuan Huang, piano and Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, violin, Nov. 9; Kristín Jónína Taylor, piano, Nov. 17; and Zsuzsa Kollar, piano, April 5. All concerts will be in Beach/Schmidt and are free and open to the public. Times vary, so be alert for announcements closer to the concert dates.