While preparing to perform an all-Brahms faculty violin recital this weekend, NMSU professor Simon Gollo received a text from Florida-based pianist Jihye Chang. She had discovered that Johannes Brahms included a three-note motive not just in several places in one sonata – which is not uncommon in classical music – but that he wove it into all three of his Sonatas for Violin and Piano, even though he wrote the works many years apart. Gollo said he was delighted when Chang readily agreed to play all three sonatas with him in one concert, which neither of them has done before. Chang made her discovery only while studying the works consecutively for this performance. “It is not our first concert together,” Gollo said, “but this is the first time we play three pieces where we have so many personal things to say” in the music. The concert is Saturday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Recital Hall; admission is free. All donations will go to the NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra. The two came to KRWG for this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.
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