William Hagen violin – Albert Cano Smit piano
Sonata for violin and piano, KV 378 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Canciones Populares Españolas (arr. Jasha Heifetz) Manuel de Falla
Sonata for Solo Violin, op. 27/6 Eugène Ysaÿe
Sérénade mélancolique, op. 26 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Valse-scherzo, op. 34 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Few violinists from the United States have made it into the top three at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin in recent years. One is William Hagen. The press is unanimous in its praise: “A brilliant virtuoso”, says The Dallas Morning News, with a “subtle understanding of phrasing and musical structure” according to violinist.com and a person who “plays his instrument with a genuine and natural love of music”, in the words of North Texas Performing Arts News. At this Sunday afternoon concert he joins twenty-year-old pianist Alberto Cano Smit to perform Tchaikovsky's Sérénade mélancolique, sonatas by Mozart and the Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe and folk songs by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.