The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present faculty member Victoria von Arx in a program entitled Last Works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7pm in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. 

The program includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in D major K. 576, Johannes Brahms’ Pieces for Piano Op. 119 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata no. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.  As to the selection of the works on the program, von Arx says. “All of the pieces represent endings of a sort. I didn't set out on purpose to assemble a "bucket list," but both the Beethoven and Mozart sonatas have always attracted me. Once I had chosen them, the Brahms works seemed to fit in naturally.”

A late addition to the program is the premiere of Portrait by Albin Zak.  About this work and its inclusion on the program, von Arx commented, “While all of the other pieces represent endings, Portrait by Albin Zak is something of a beginning. Although Zak is by no means a newcomer to composition of concert music, this piece is the first he has composed for me. The piece is highly pianistic with an expressive melody surrounded by lush harmony balanced by touches of dissonant color, flowing countermelody and bold rhythmic effects.”      

von Arx is assistant professor of music at UAlbany where she teaches music history, music theory, piano, and chamber music. She is an active performer, with special interest in the music of twentieth-century composers George Walker and Leo Ornstein. Brought up in southeastern Minnesota, she holds degrees in music from Viterbo University (LaCrosse WI), Syracuse University, and the City University of New York. Her major teachers have included Frederick Marvin, Oxana Yablonskaya, Sascha Gorodnitzki, German Diez, and Menahem Pressler.  From 1990 until 2010, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont. A long-time resident of New York State and New York City, she served on the faculties of Syracuse University, the Metropolitan School for the Arts in Syracuse, the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City and the Adamant Music School. During a seven-year stint in Michigan, she taught at the Flint School of Performing Arts and the University of Michigan-Flint. She was also Assistant Editor at MUSA (Music in the United States of America), a project of the American Musicological Society in cooperation with the Society for American Music, A-R Editions, and the University of Michigan, and dedicated to the publication of American music. She has been a contributing author to the International Dictionary of Black Composers published by the Center for Black Music Studies at Columbia College in Chicago.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.


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