The Grossman Family Musicians will perform this afternoon for the Sioux City Chamber Music Association. Their program will include works by Halvorsen and Mendelssohn. We were joined by a few of the family members in Studio A this past week. Eli and Nathaniel Mathews performed and talked while Rene Grossman-Mathews joined Mark at the interview table.
The recital begins at 3:00 this afternoon in First Presbyterian Church.
Listening to the recordings of Sharon Isbin you learn that what music can contain is everything: joy, sorrow, history, novelty, all that makes us human and connects us to the earth and each other. Whether playing with the New York Philharmonic, Joan Baez, or Steve Vai, her pleasure in collaboration blossoms into musical ideas that ring true and beautiful. In this time of divisiveness and distrust, the importance of finding such truth is urgent. Fortunately, we in Siouxland can do just that. Ms.
Cellist Stephanie March and pianist Shichao Zhang met at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Quickly they discovered a common musical understanding and began performing together in chamber groups. It wasn't until now, ten years later, that they will finally perform a full recital as a duo. The program includes works by Piazzolla and Chopin, which we hear snippets of in this feature. Audience members will also hear a Beethoven sonata and a work by Foss that evokes the American frontier.
Thomas Elliott: I’ve known Thomas’s family since he was 6-years-old.
Mark: That was Thomas Elliott, violist for the musicians of the Iowa Great Lakes Festival, speaking of the festival's founder and cellist Thomas Fortner. The Thomas’s met in Texas when Elliot and violinist David Brubaker, who was also with me in the studio, were members of the Huston Symphony.