B there or B square? "The theme for this concert is 'B' composers," said Cindy Moyer, violinist and HSU Professor of Music. "We have music of the classic triumvirate of great masters: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, plus the 20th century English composer, Benjamin Britten."
Moyer will perform in the HSU Department of Music Faculty Artist series on Saturday, November 11 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Also appearing will be Yumi Watanabe on piano and Greg Granoff on harpsichord.
The evening's program includes Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata (a violin sonata written in the style of a concerto and an acknowledged masterpiece), Bach's Sonata in E major (for violin and harpsichord), and Brahms Sonatensatz, which is the most performed part of a multi-authored sonata.
"Alongside the classic 'killer B's,' the 'Three Pieces' by Britten are less well known, but are delightful little gems," Moyer said. "Britten takes three traditional forms out for a modern spin: a march, a lullaby and a somewhat demonic waltz."
As a player, Cindy Moyer has performed as a solo artist, in various chamber music projects, and with the Rochester Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, as well as locally with the Eureka and Humboldt symphonies and the Symphony of the Redwoods. She has served as president of the California Orchestra Director's Association.
As a music educator, Moyer teaches violin, viola, chamber music, music theory and ear training at HSU. She is one of the authors of the American String Teachers Association String Syllabus, and is a frequent presenter at the California Music Educators Conference. She serves as a clinician and adjudicator for pre-college students, and in summer she has taught at the Sequoia and Humboldt Chamber Music Workshops, and at music camps in Maine and New Jersey.
Greg Granoff is beginning his 18th year as HSU's full time staff piano/keyboard technician. He is also familiar to local audiences as an accompanist, having studied piano, organ and harpsichord at University of the Pacific prior to taking up piano technology as a full time occupation.
Yumi Watanabe has a Bachelor's and Master's of the Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Northern Illinois University. She has performed extensively as an accompanist and chamber music player. She is currently teaching privately in Arcata.
Tickets for this Faculty Artist Series concert are $8 general, $3 students/seniors, from HSU ticket office (826-3928) or at the door. HSU Music Department: 826-3531.