Friday, July 3, 2015

March 13, 2016 @ 3 p.m.

JPL Program Calendar

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Piano Students

Vera Watson, Faculty Coordinator


Janine Albrecht
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1
I. Allegro

Shoshana Howard
KUHLAU: Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55 No. 3
I.Allegro con spirito

Kara Straight
HAYDN: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 10
I. Moderato

Bethany Roberts
MOZART: Sonata in B-flat, K.333.
I. Allegro

Andrew Urso
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in G, Op. 14 No. 2
I. Allegro

Gabrielle McGrath
LINN: Nocturne d’Esprit

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts is a Duval County Public School for students grades 9 through 12 with a desire for intensive study in the arts. Established as an arts school in 1985, the school attracts students from all parts of North Florida and South Georgia who have talent in dance, instrumental or vocal music, performance or technical theater, film and video production, creative writing, and visual arts. A high academic standard, coupled with broad arts curriculum, offers students an opportunity to excel in a chosen discipline while preparing them for post-secondary education.

Douglas Anderson's Piano Program
In 2000 DA’s Piano program was recognized as the best music program in Northeast Florida and was awarded the Jacksonville Symphony Association’s Harmony Grant. The Piano Department offers serious young pianists a unique opportunity to be in an intensive and varied program and to work with internationally acclaimed guest artists.

Pianist Vera Watson
Vera Watson has been Chair of the Piano Department at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts since 1999. She holds National Certification in piano from the Music Teachers National Association and a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate. Under her leadership the DA piano program was recognized as the best music program in Northeast Florida by the Jacksonville Symphony Guild in 2001, for which Douglas Anderson received the Harmony Grant. In 2003, Ms. Watson received the Surdna Foundation Grant in New York City, in recognition of her achievements among the best arts teachers in the United States. In 2010, Friday Musicale presented Vera Watson with the Carolyn Day Pfohl Music Educator Award for Outstanding Achievements. She is especially proud of her many students who have been accepted into prestigious music conservatories, and have become successful artists.

PROGRAM NOTES Under Construction

BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1 ; Sonata in G, Op. 14 No. 2
The Transcendent German-born composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) began his compositional career essentially imitating the styles and forms he inherited from Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and W.A Mozart (1756-1791), but during his "middle" period (ca. 1803-1815) Beethoven expanded and personalized this inheritance, creating works that have come to represent the culmination of the Classical style in much the same way that the works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) represent the culmination of the Baroque. During Beethoven's "late" period (ca. 1815-1827), he discovered new paths toward still more personal, even intimate, musical expression, and, despite the gradual and eventually total degeneration of his hearing, he forged the way beyond the Classical tradition into the Romantic.

KUHLAU: Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55 No. 3
German-born Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832) was known primarily as a concert pianist and composer of Danish opera, but he wrote music in virtually every genre. His compositional catalog includes almost 200 published works - impressive in itself, but who knows how many more works were lost when his house burned down?

HAYDN: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 10
Genial Austrian composer (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) is the musician most credited with establishing the “Classical” style that his two younger contemporaries Mozart and Beethoven built upon, and by the time of his death "Papa" Haydn had become the most widely celebrated composer in Europe. Haydn started out as a choirboy and never developed into a keyboard virtuoso, so his 52-62 keyboard sonatas (depending on who's counting) were mostly composed in the early part of his career for the instruction and amusement of his noble patrons.

MOZART: Sonata in B-flat, K.333.
Austrian-born Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), unquestionably one of the greatest composers in history, began his career touring Europe as a 6-year-old piano prodigy, and he absorbed and mastered all the contemporary musical trends he was exposed to along the way. Mozart wrote 22 operas, including, The Marriage of Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), Cosi fan tutte (1790), and The Magic Flute (1791), as well as 40 symphonies (“No. 37” is by Michael Haydn, but with a new introduction by Mozart), 27 concertos, chamber music, sonatas, and choral pieces, numbering over 600 works all together.

LINN: Nocturne d’Esprit
American composer, pianist and educator Jennifer Linn is also very active in music publishing, with concurrent positions at Hal Leonard Corporation and G.W. Schirmer. Ms. Linn has taught for more than 25 years, including as visiting lecturer in piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has presented recitals, workshops and master classes throughout the United States and Canada. Many of her compositions have been selected for the National Federation of Music Clubs festival list and the London College of Music repertoire list and are frequently recommended in reviews by Clavier and American Music Teacher magazines.

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