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Tabea Zimmermann, Viola and Thomas Hoppe, Piano Photo
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Tabea Zimmermann, Viola and Thomas Hoppe, Piano

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:00 PM Musical Preview by La Vie en Cello - Princeton student cellists at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

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HINDEMITH Viola Sonata Op. 25, No. 4
SCHUBERT Viola Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 “Arpeggione”
SHULAMIT RAN Perfect Storm
SCHUMANN Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113
BRAHMS Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1

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About the Artist

Two seasons ago in Richardson Auditorium, the phenomenal pan-European Arcanto Quartet dazzled us with a lush program of Romantic repertoire. Tabea Zimmermann, who is regularly cited as the world’s greatest living violist, made her Princeton debut during that performance, and our ears are still resonating with her singular, unforgettable tone. Now she returns triumphantly, treating us to a full evening of her majestic playing alongside pianist Thomas Hoppe. György Ligeti once said of the viola, the violin’s mysterious and unsung cousin: “the low C-string gives the viola a unique acerbity, compact, somewhat hoarse, with an aftertaste of wood, earth and tannic acid.” And indeed, in Zimmermann’s hands, the instrument sings just as it should, filled with “graceful athleticism and a feathery left-hand touch.” (The New York Times) Hoppe and Zimmermann will perform the cornerstones of the viola sonata repertoire, rarely heard on our stage, including Brahms’ late masterpiece Op. 120, No. 1 and Schubert’s wonderfully melodic “Arpeggione” Sonata.

Take your love of music, and this artist, even further with our Beyond the Music Programming.  Violist Tabea Zimmermann will be participating in two special events beyond the concert.

Live Music Meditation - Friday, October 27, 2017 at 12:30PM in the Lee Music Performance and Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex. Free and Open to the Public. No prior experience necessary.  MORE INFO ON ALL MINDFULNESS WITH MUSIC EVENTS>
PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY:  Meditations are seated on a first come, first served basis, and tend to fill up quickly.  Once the room is at capacity, the meditation is closed.

Performers As Teachers - Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10AM in the Lee Music Performance and Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex. Tabea Zimmermann coaches Princeton student violists. Free and Open to the Public. MORE INFO ON ALL PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS EVENTS>

Artist Websites

Tabea Zimmermann »
Thomas Hoppe »

Tabea Zimmermann Plays Schubert

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Tabea Zimmermann plays an excerpt from Schubert "Arpeggione" Sonata - 3rd movt.

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“Zimmermann and Hoppe convincingly breathe new life and bring an astonishing array of colours and voices to a neglected area of the repertoire.”

- The Irish Times