Saugerties Pro Musica welcomes the return of the esteemed pianist Yalin Chi, principal pianist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, on Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m. Chi’s program includes two staples of the Romantic piano literature: Shubert’s Sonata in G Major, D894, and the extraordinary Klavierstuke Op. 119, four late-period compositions by Johannes Brahms. Although he was considered a traditionalist in his own time (often pitted, artificially, as the staid conservative against the orchestral and programmatic innovations of Wagner), Brahms’ visionary late work was recognized as a primary inspiration and model by the revolutionary composers of the second Viennese School, among them Anton Webern and Alban Berg, whose Piano Sonata No. 1 rounds out Chi’s program.
The concert takes place at the United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington Avenue (#67) and Post Street in Saugerties. Tickets cost $12 and $10, with all students admitted free. For more information, visit www.saugertiespromusica.org or call (845) 679-5733.