The Graduate Center Presents Copland House: UNDERSCORED – John Musto Cello and Piano Sonata

Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM – Musto Cello & Piano Sonata

In his scintillating new Sonata for Cello and Piano, Graduate Center professor and Emmy Award-winning composer John Musto seamlessly brings together the erudition of a contrapuntal musical master, the brilliance and “groove” of a jazz instrumentalist, and the rhythmic ebullience of a Brazilian dancer. This dazzling tour-de-forcefeatures two fearsomely virtuosic instrumental parts in uncommonly close collaboration: the cello and piano constantly engage and interact, whether within the intellectual rigors of a spiky, Bachian musical conversation; the languors of a serene, introspective ballad; or the acrobatics of complex Latin dance steps. Don’t miss this Virtual Premiere of a remarkable new work that will surely become a major addition to the cello-and-piano repertory. And hear the composer introduce the piece before the performance, then join him in a live Q&A afterwards.

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