OU to host rare performances of Mozart piano and violin sonatas

Oakland University‘s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will offer a rare opportunity for Michigan audiences to attend free, live performances of the Mozart Sonatas for Piano and Violin in a compact schedule.

Presented as preparation for a commercial recording of the complete works, the series of four concerts will feature 16 sonatas representing the richest quality of the genre. The recordings are projected for release in 2013.

Featured performers include violinist Bin Huang and OU’s own professor of piano, Yin Zheng.

Huang, widely lauded for her interpretive and technical skills, has traveled the world, performing with leading orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, French National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra.

Zheng is an international competition winner who has made appearances at some of the most coveted venues including Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York, Berlin Konzerthaus, and Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. She is a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and she has been praised by the legendary pianist Fou Ts’ong as a unique interpreter of Mozart’s music.

The concerts will cover three important creative periods in the adult life of Mozart: the Mannheim period and two phases of his time in Vienna. Huang and Zheng will share interesting aspects of the compositional background, as well as first-hand interpretative reflections. 

The concerts will take place at:

  • 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 10
  • 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11
  • 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 17
  • 8 p.m. on Sunday, March
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All the concerts will be held in Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University. For interactive and printable maps, visit oakland.edu/map. For information about more events in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, visit oakland.edu/mtd.