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Piano Ensemble Program Mar 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 3:00pm
Piano Ensemble Day
Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford
Diane Day

This program features teams of pianists playing two grand pianos, with a varied repertory.

  • Dorothy Bognar and Connie Hegarty will play Robert Schumann's. Andante and Variations, Op .46 and George Gershwin 's, S’Wonderful/Funny Face, arr. Paul Posnak  (2007).
  • Maryjane Peluso and Allison Platt will play Legend in D Minor, Op. 59, No.1,  Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op.72, No.2,  Legend in G Minor Op. 59, No. 3 and  Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46, No.1, all by Antonín Dvořák.
  • Stacy Cahoon and Diane Day will play Scaramouche Suite for 2 Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud  and Samba Triste from Divertimento Suite for Two Pianos by Richard Rodney Bennett.
  • Soohyung Yoo and Munkyung Kim will play a Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos: Based on Themes by George Bizet, by Greg Anderson (b. 1981).

Admission free.



Robert Schumann - Andante and Variations, Op.46 (1843)

Robert Schumann's Andante and Variations was the only piece he wrote for two pianos. It was originally written for two pianos, two cellos and French horn. Not happy with the original version after hearing its first performance in March, 1843, and at the urging of his wife Clara and his friend Felix Mendelssohn, Schumann rewrote the piece, eliminating the cellos and horn, and cutting out several passages and variations.
The piece now contains a 32-bar theme, followed by four variations, then a 16-bar restatement of the theme, three more variations, and one last reiteration of the theme leading directly to a tranquil coda with a wonderful spinning down effect. The variations vary in length. Even though the horn part was removed, the sixth variation evokes the heroic sound of a full choir of horns. The treatment of the pianos gives the effect of a dialogue between two people who are so close that they finish each other's sentences, lend support while the other one is talking, and even alternate singing individual words in the 1st variation. There is no hint of dueling personalities here - these two are definitely on the same wave length.
The new version was introduced by Clara Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn. The original version was not performed again until Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann played it in 1868; and that version was not actually published until 1893 (as WoO 10).

George Gershwin - S’Wonderful/Funny Face, arr. Paul Posnak (2007)

Wanting to fill a regrettable void in the repertoire of Gershwin arrangements for two pianos, Paul Posnak created and published a group of four pieces, including this medley. His aim was to capture Gershwin’s bravura orchestral style as heard in original solo recordings, a style which featured “wonderful inner voices, contrapuntal runs, jazz figurations, sophisticated chordal textures, and swing.”
Dorothy Bognar and Connie Hegarty, duo pianists

Legend in D Minor, Op.59, No.1 
Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op.72, No.2
Legend in G Minor Op. 59. No. 3
Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op.46, No.1

All by Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Maryjane Peluso and Allison Platt, duo pianists

Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos: Based on Themes by George Bizet arranged by Greg Anderson (b. 1981)

The Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos weaves together several distinct scenes from Georges Bizet's beloved opera Carmen. Several themes from the opera are heard, such as the "Danse Bohémienne”, “Aragonaise", the famous "Habanera", and the "Card Aria". The fantasy concludes with a party scene from the beginning of Act II, in which Carmen and her friends entertain army officer with a song about gypsy girls. The music accelerates to a grand finale in a whirlwind of fevered rhythm, Basque tambourins, and ecstatic dance.
Soohyung Yoo and Munkyung Kim, duo pianists

Scaramouche Suite for 2 Pianos, Op. 165b by Darius Milhaud

Milhaud was a French composer, teacher and conductor and one of the most prolific composers in the 20th century. The name “Scaramouche” comes from Theatre Scaramouche which has productions aimed towards children. Milhaud produced some music for them. At the same time in the summer of 1937, he was composing various works for the Paris International Exposition. One of the things he needed to prepare was a duo piano work for  Marguerite Long and Milhaud's old friend Marcelle Meyer (who later recorded it on a 78 rpm record). He completed it in time of the exposition and it was a great hit. Eventually he agreed to give the rights to the publisher Deiss. The two outer movements of the suite were recycled from two pieces from Le médecin volant and for the slower middle movement he extracted a piece written for Jules Superville's 1936 play Bolivar. The finished structure is as follows: 1. "Vif," 2. "Modéré," 3. "Brazileira" (Mouvement de Samba). There are many other instrumental versions written by Milhaud and that included lyrics for Brazileira later on.

Samba Triste from Divertimento Suite for Two Pianos by Richard Rodney Bennett

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett was born in England in 1936 to musical parents. He became a famous British composer of over 200 works for the concert hall and 50 scores for film and television. He also was a well known jazz pianist and was in New York from 1979 till his death in 2012. The Samba Triste is part of a Four Piece Suite which was composed in 1974 and first performed by the composer and Susan Bradshaw in a BBC broadcast. In 1975 in Australia was the 1st real public performance. The work was later used for the ballet by Dance Prism which was performed in London in 1976. His love of jazz is heard throughout all 4 of these movements.
Stacy Cahoon and Diane Day


Dorothy Bognar holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in music from the University of California (Santa Barbara and Berkeley) and an MLS from UC Berkeley. She served as Head of the University of Connecticut Music Library from 1969-1998. Subsequently she has been teaching piano, playing keyboard in the swing band Flamingo, and performing both solo and ensemble music. She has performed in numerous duo-piano concerts and as a solo pianist.

Constance Hegarty began work as Music Director/Organist at age 15, a position she held at many churches in RI, ME and FL for over 45 years. Connie did her graduate study in organ with Alessandro Esposito in Florence, Italy, on full scholarship. Additional studies were done at Loras College and the University of Wisconsin. Later, she resumed piano studies with Donald Rankin at URI and taught piano and organ privately. She has performed numerous duo-piano concerts in Florida, Maine and for the Musical Club of Hartford, where she has also premiered some of her songs.
Constance Hegarty and Dorothy Bognar have performed as a duo team since 2015. This is their fourth year appearing in the Musical Club of Hartford’s Annual Piano Ensemble Concert.

Maryjane Peluso holds a Bachelor of Music Education, with piano concentration, from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and a Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Hartt School, University of Hartford.
She has been invited several times to perform in master classes at Piano Texas (formerly the Van Cliburn Institute) at Texas Christian University with John Owings, Jose Feghali, and Harold Martina. She performs frequently as piano soloist, in chamber music recitals, and as choral accompanist. She has collaborated as concerto soloist with the CT Virtuosi Orchestra, Thomas Crawford and the CT String Orchestra and the CT Accordion Orchestra.
She has adjudicated at several student events for CSMTA including the MAP and Audrey Thayer programs. A committed teacher, she maintains a full schedule at her private piano studio in Plainville, CT. She founded and developed the piano program at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and was the piano ensemble’s artist/instructor for many years. She also teaches music theory and maintains state and national certification from the Music Teachers National Association.
She currently is President of the Hartford Chapter, CSMTA, where she is committed to the advancement of piano teaching for students and teachers alike.

Allison Platt graduated from the Hartt School of Music with a BM in Piano. While there, she studied with Luiz de Moura Castro, Peter Pertis, and for the final 2 years, with Dr. Paul Rutman. She was introduced to the Musical Club of Hartford by Jean Watson. During the past 20 years, Allison has taught piano lessons, served as an Organist Choir Director, and been involved in providing or directing music for various community and middle school theatre musicals. She enjoys playing with her dear friend, Maryjane, who has helped her keep music alive in her busy family life.
Allison Platt and Maryjane Peluso, pianists

Soohyung Yoo, piano
Korean American pianist Soohyung Yoo has performed for audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and Salle Cortot in Paris. She has garnered prizes in several international competitions, such as the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, International Young Artists Piano Competition, Pinault International Competition, and prizewinner of the Artist International Presentations, resulting in a solo debut recital at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. Soohyung obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. She also trained in Europe through the International Certificate for Piano Artists program held by the Ecole Normal de Musique de Alfred Cortot in Paris and Fondation Bell’Arte de Braine-l'Alleud in Belgium. Soohyung currently enjoys working with students at Miss Porter’s School, where she is a piano artist/teacher and heads the applied music department. She resides in Farmington with her husband, who is also an accomplished pianist, and two young children.
Soohyung Yoo, piano

Mun Kyung Kim
Born in Seoul, Mun Kyung Kim began playing the piano at the age of 4. Ms. Kim's performing career began with solo recitals at the age of 8. In her early career, Ms. Kim had been continuously awarded in national competitions such as National Teenager piano competition and Korea Music Journal piano competition. After Ms. Kim received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Ewha Woman’s University in Korea in 2006, Ms. Kim moved to United States. In 2008, Ms. Kim earned her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Alexander Shtarkman. At Peabody she also studied chamber music extensively with Violist Richard Field and Clarinetist Steven Barta.
Ms. Kim earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under professor Larissa Dedova at the University of Maryland in 2013. Under two Russian professors of Alexander Shtarkman from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Larissa Dedova from the University of Maryland, Ms. Kim enthusiastically concentrated in Russian piano music. Ms. Kim successfully published the dissertation "A Survey of Russian Music for Piano: Absolute Music and Program Music from Mussorgsky to Prokofiev".
Ms. Kim had her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in NY, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall in Berlin, and Kuenstler Haus in Munich as a part of the Emerging Artists Recital Series presented by New York Concert Artists & Association (NYCA). Recently In Korea, she presented her solo recitals at Sejong Arts Center and Kumho Arts Center, and performed at Peabody Conservatory Alumni Concert. Also Ms. Kim performed as piano duo with Heejin Ku at Sejong Center for Performing Arts.
In the United States, Russia, and Korea, Ms. Kim has actively participated in master classes and music festivals. Ms. Kim conducted the master class with Leon Fleisher at the William Kapell International Piano Competition & Festival, led the master class with Noel Lee and Gyorgy Sandor in NY, and participated in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Foundation sponsored master class with Yuri Bogdanov.

Ms. Kim had numerous recitals and chamber concerts and also has been awarded many prizes in competitions. Ms. Kim appeared as a soloist with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul City Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Kim also has selected as New Rising Artist by Korean Piano Association in 2006. In addition, Ms. Kim has been awarded for Piano Competition by National Young Artist Competition, by Korean Piano Association, and by Music Journal. Recent performances include appearances at Gildenhorn Hall and Dekelboum Hall of Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland, Miriam Friedberg Hall, Goodwin Hall, Cohen-Davison Theater and Griswold Hall in Baltimore, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in NY, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Ewon Cultural Center, Mozart Hall, Ceramic Palace Hall, Sejong Center for Performing Arts, and Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Scriabin Museum Concert Hall in Moscow, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall in Berlin and Kuenstler Haus in Munich. Ms. Kim awarded the Chevy Chase Scholarship in 2009 and performed at the benefit concert sponsored by the Club of Chevy Chase in 2010.
Ms. Kim taught piano performance at Sunhwa Arts School and Sunhwa Arts High School in Seoul until last year and moved to West Hartford last Spring.
Mun Kyung Kim, piano

Stacy Cahoon, pianist, enjoys collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists alike. She holds performance degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and a Master of Music in Accompanying and Ensemble from the Hartt School of Music. Her active accompanying life has included flute duo performances at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Library, and St. Peter’s Church in NYC, and vocal concerts at the Mark Twain House, and South Church in New Britain. As a member of Trio Cantabile, consisting of voice, harp, and piano, she has performed at The Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor, and the Music at the Red Door concert series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford. Since 1995, Stacy has been the accompanist for the Travelers Chorale, the oldest company-sponsored singing group in the country. In 2008, her choral composition “Little Tree” a setting of the poem by e.e. cummings, had its premiere at Bushnell Hall. As a soloist, she has presented recitals at Center Church in Hartford, the Unitarian Meeting House, West Hartford, CT and throughout her native Cape Cod. Stacy is an independent piano teacher in West Hartford, where she resides with her husband and two musical daughters.

Diane Day, a native of Simsbury, started studying piano at age 7. She graduated from the 4-year program at the Hartford Conservatory with an artist’s diploma in Piano and a minor in Theory & Composition. She studied with Juan Nazarian, Maria Luisa Faini, and Howard Parsons. Having taught piano privately for over 40 years, she also performed chamber music, accompanied soloists and groups, including dance, and has performed many solo concerts over her career. Specific ensemble work included the "Quindec" a piano quintet she performed with many years in the area. Her duo piano work was first in the "Duffy-Day Duo" and now works with Stacy Cahoon. She lives in West Hartford with her husband.
Stacy Cahoon and Diane Day