2018 Spring Concert
What is on the program?
• Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV 537 - Antonio Vivaldi
• Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
featuring Christine Doré, piano
• Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 - Ludwig van Beethoven
• Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Trumpets is his only concerto featuring trumpets - and we do not know where or when he wrote it!
• The second movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto plays in the final scene and during the end credits of the 1984 movie Amadeus.
• When asked by his pupil Carl Czerny why the Eighth Symphony was less popular than his Seventh Symphony, Beethoven is said to have replied, "because the Eighth is so much better."
Who is Christine Doré?
After receiving her early musical training in England, Ms. Doré continued her piano studies in Rhode Island and New York. She then earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory and a Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she attended on a full merit scholarship.
She made her New York debut in 1996 as a collaborative pianist at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and twice toured Eastern Europe, including performances in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. Her chamber music performances have been aired on radio stations WNYC, WSHU and KSUI (Iowa Public Radio.) As a founding member of the Meridien Trio, she collaborated with cellist Anthony Arnone and violinist Suzanne Beia of the Pro Arte Quartet.
Ms. Doré has appeared as a soloist with the Camerata Orchestra of NY, the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Mannes College Orchestra; and subbed regularly with the Long Island Philharmonic. She ran the Music At Greenlawn concert series for the decade of its highly successful existence, ending in 2003. Ms. Doré was a member of the faculty of the highly regarded Stony Brook Summer Music Festival during its tenure. For several years she was a member of the chamber music faculty of the pre-college music program at SUNY Stony Brook. Ms. Doré is an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and is regularly invited to judge piano competitions.
She currently serves on the music faculty of LIU Post as Professor of Instrumental Coaching and Staff Accompanist; and is a faculty member of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival. She has also been the accompanist for the Huntington Choral Society since 1994. Ms. Doré believes in the highest standards of musical education and is devoted to her many students, both past and present.
Learn Even More:
Christine Doré Interview, by Stephanie Branta
Christine Doré began her musical education in England as a child. In response to my question about what had caused her to develop an interest in the piano, she said that she had known from a young age that the piano was “her” instrument. She and her family had attended a concert by Artur Rubinstein at The Royal Albert Hall, after which she said “that’s what I want to do”. I asked whether she felt nervous before performing, and said that it is usually not a problem. She said that, like many performers, this was once an issue for her, but that it abated as her performing experience increased.
Replying to my inquiry about why she had decided to play with our ensemble, Ms. Doré said that there were several reasons: she was already acquainted with our Music Director, Richard Hyman; she was interested in performing a concerto, and she had come to several of our concerts and felt that we would be a good fit. She added that she had chosen Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 simply because she has always loved the piece and had not had an opportunity to perform it.
I also asked Ms. Doré what additional concerts she will be presenting in this area, and she said that Chamberosity, the chamber music group of which she is a founding member, will perform on June 30th at the Custer Institute in Southold, playing music of Peter Winkler (commissioned by the trio, which also includes hornist Jeffrey Forden and violinist Linda Sinanian), Heinrich von Herzogenberg, and Joseph Holbrooke.