Duo Concert on March 22, 2024 at the Millis Library, Millis MA

The Charles River Sinfonietta is starting to make plans for its  chamber music concerts this spring, summer, and early fall  once again, from the grants and support it has been receiving lately for our 2024 performances.   Our first concert will  be a duo recital that will be given at the Millis Library, in Millis, MA, on March 22nd at 6:30pm with Jacob Litoff on violin and Michael Simmons on viola performing works by Handel/Halvorsen,  Johannes Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda,  James Niblock, and Mozart.

The Handel/Halvorsen piece is a Passacaglia with many variations on a theme that came from the final movement of Handel’s Harpsichord suite in G minor.

James Niblock composed this violin/viola duo sonata in 2008, ten years before he passed away at the age of 100.  It is a beautiful piece that needs to become well known.

Johannes Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda  composed this Duo opus 208, the first of 2 duos he wrote for violin and viola then, near the end of the 44 years he spent working for Prince Karl Egon II of Furstenberg in Germany in the early 19th century.

Mozart’s duo K. 423 is the first of two great violin/viola duos he composed in Vienna in 1783.

There have been lots of wonderful duos and chamber music written that really need to be heard more.   We hope that on March 22, 2024 at 6:30pm at the Millis Library in Millis MA many people can come to hear these wonderful works get performed.  The concert is free and open to the public.

We greatly thank the Local Cultural Councils of Millis, Norton, Northborough, Westborough, Ashland and Weston for helping make our concerts possible and the MCC  also for their support.

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