poster for Klugherz-Heyman Duo


The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to present the Klugherz/Heyman Duo on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:30pm. Violinist Laura Klugherz and pianist Steven Heyman of Colgate University offer An Evening with Beethoven performing the violin/piano sonatas Op. 12, No. 2; Op. 23 and Op. 96 in anticipation and celebration of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth.  This concert is one of three that the pair are offering to complete the Beethoven Cycle.

Klugherz and Heyman have enjoyed a vibrant performance and recording collaboration since 1989. Their innovative repertoire and programming includes the entire standard sonata repertoire for violin and viola as well as a vast body of little-known works of Spain, the United States and the Americas for violin/viola and piano.

The duo’s appearance is part of an exchange program developed by UAlbany ten years ago. As the other half of the exchange, Capital Trio, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s ensemble-in-residence, will visit Colgate University later this year. In the inaugural year of the program, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center worked with the Music Department at the CW Post campus of Long Island University and their ensemble-in-residence, The Pierrot Consort. The following year’s exchange was with Clark University and the QX String Quartet. The third year of the program featured the Oswego Jazz Quartet from SUNY Oswego. Year four partners were Williams College and the Williams Chamber Players while the fifth anniversary year was celebrated by then 99-year old pianist Frank Glazer from Bates College followed by Quartet Anagram from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in year six. 2016’s exchange featured Potsdam Brass from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam while the Dobbs-Dikener-Botes Trio from Marshall University participated in 2017.  Last year, The Big Galut(e) from Hartwick College took part.

Lauded by The New York Times as “dramatic, emotional and evocative,” Klugherz, a professor of Music and Africana/Latin American Studies and founder/director of the Colgate Chamber Players, made her Carnegie Hall debut to rave reviews in June 1989. She performs regularly and internationally as a concertmaster, solo recitalist and chamber artist. For many years, she was first violinist of the Morrison String Quartet, as well as concertmaster/soloist with both the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Bach Orchestra (Germany). A recipient of numerous prizes, she has been a student Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and has received a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Award (Spain). Critics have acclaimed Ms. Klugherz as an exciting performer of Spanish and Latin American music, both contemporary and traditional, and she regularly commissions and premieres works of living Spanish and Latin American composers. As a former Cultural Specialist for the United States Information Service, and at the invitation of the Fundación Andes and the Fulbright Invited Professors Program, she continues to perform and teach extensively in Central and South America.

Syracuse native and pianist Steven Heyman has appeared in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as concerto soloist throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared in London, Paris, Prague, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Oslo, Montreal, Quebec, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Washington, Salt Lake City, Juneau, Philadelphia, and New York, among others. An active performer, he has appeared on nine commercial CD’s, two of which won SAMMY Awards, a Central New York area music award for excellence in recorded music. Very active in new music, he has been involved in dozens of premieres, including ones throughout the U.S., and in Mexico, Europe and Asia. In the Central New York area, he has an active performing career including performing as soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (Symphoria) 28 times over a 45-year period. Heyman has served as the Artist-in-Residence at Colgate University since 2000. He is also an Associate Professor at Syracuse University where he is currently the Chair of the Department of Applied Music and Performance and has been on the faculty for 29 years.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff. Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff. For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.