The concert begins at 8:15 in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.
The program includes the Prelude from Bach’s first cello suite with an obbligato by Hungarian jazz pianist Oláh Kálmán; Dr. Kohn’s composition, “A Simple Melody”; Zoltán Kodály’s “Epigrams”; the Paul Hindemith Sonata; Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei”; Beethoven’s Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”; and Belá Bartók’s “Hungarian Folk Tunes.”
“I learned of the Kálmán from a study of what bassists have made of Bach’s cello suites,” Kohn said. “Kodály reformed music education in his native Hungary, including composing vast numbers of exercises, of which his nine ‘Epigrams’ are the most advanced and musically satisfying.”
Hindemith composed sonatas for every orchestral instrument. His Bass Sonata was the next-to-last in this series, composed in two days while he was on summer vacation in 1949.
Kohn said Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” quotes from two Jewish melodies, the first of which is the liturgical chant, “Kol Nidrei,” sung at the beginning of Yom Kippur, and the Beethoven Variations are based on an Aria from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and were composed for cello and piano.
“The Bartók is an arrangement by Bartók’s violinist colleague Joseph Szigeti of Bartók’s own arrangements for piano of seven Hungarian melodies that he collected among the villages of rural Hungary in the early years of the 20th century.”
Kohn holds a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and received the only Artist Diploma in double bass awarded by the Peabody Conservatory. The former principal bassist of the National Chamber Orchestra and Harrisburg Symphonies, he is also a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestras and an active soloist.
For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.
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