Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Respighi: Sonata in B Minor
Jolán Friedhoff, violin, and Antoinette Perry, piano, will perform the popular Suite Italienne, an arrangement of several movements from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, written in 1919 and inspired by music attributed to Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Less well known, and seldom played, is another work on the program from the 20th century: the Sonata in B Minor by Ottorino Respighi was written in 1917. Despite being a ‘modern’ work, the sonata is written in a fluid, romantic style. A sonatina by Franz Schubert rounds out the program. Jolán and Antoinette met when they were graduate students at the University of Texas, Austin, and have performed together several times, both in Europe and in the USA.
Jolán Friedhoff relocated to Davis after serving as assistant concertmaster of the Saar State Opera Orchestra, Germany, for 20 years. She also served as concertmaster of the Sinfonietta Saarbrucken for five seasons. Prior to joining the Saar State Opera Orchestra, she was a member of the first violin sections of the Rhine Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Hungarica. Since her return to California, she has performed as Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster for a number of orchestras in the region, including the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Modesto Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony and the Bear Valley Music Festival. Friedhoff teaches violin at UC Davis, where she also regularly coaches chamber ensembles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Indiana, and a master’s degree from the University of Texas.
Antoinette Perry, born to professional musicians, gave her first public performance at the age of four. Since then, she has appeared throughout the US, Europe, and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists, including John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, Brooks Smith, David Shifrin, Gabor Rejto, Henri Temianka, Joaquin Valdepenas, Carol Wincenc, Froydis ReeWekre and actors Michael York and Walter Matthau. She has performed with members of the American, Chicago, Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Los Angeles, Paganini, Sequoia, and Takacs String Quartets, and also with principals of the L.A., New York, Rotterdam and the Hague Philharmonics, the Concertgebau, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Gulbenkian and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestras, the Chicago, St. Louis, Toronto, and San Francisco Symphonies, and the L.A. and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Perry teaches at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.