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The young artists have fun tracing a musical teaching lineage to a famous source, illustrating how knowledge of the art form transfers through generations. Born into non-musician families, young artists Aria Knechtges and Alisha Govindaraj will trace how their family lineage shaped their work ethic and artistic trajectories. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruch, Schumann and Massenet, Aria and Alisha will describe how the lessons of their musical and family heritages inform their work ethic and understanding of the music. The artists will also foreshadow musical themes and devices in the pieces for the collective enjoyment of the music.
Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1, Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Partita in E Major, BWV 1006, J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sonatina No. 1 in D Major, Op. 137, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Papillons, Op. 2, Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Dr. Anjali Rao, Piano
Presented by the Students of the Eastman Community Music School, from the Studios of Alla Kuznetsov, Janet Milnes, and George Taylor.
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Born in Buffalo, NY to parents of Indian, Italian and German heritage, twelve-year-old Aria Knechtges took her first piano lesson at age four and a half. A regular performer in Eastman’s Showcase Recital Series in Hatch Hall and Kilbourn Hall, Aria gave two full solo recitals of works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and others at age ten. Recent appearances include the Palazzo Mezzocapo in Maiori, Italy, and Gijon and Candas in Spain. As the youngest contestant in her division, she took first prize in the Vincent Lenti Piano Competition. Aria studies with Alla Kuznetsov at the Eastman Community Music School, and while not at the keyboard enjoys field hockey, baking, the cello and reading.
Born in Buffalo, NY to parents of Indian, Italian and German heritage, eleven-year-old Alisha Govindaraj took her first violin lesson at age three at the Eastman Community Music School. She became a regular performer in the Showcase Recital Series in Hatch Hall and Kilbourn Hall, and despite her age was admitted to the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music. Alisha studies with Janet Milnes and George Taylor, and while not at the fiddle enjoys field hockey, drawing and painting, piano and reading.