Piano four hands in Tivoli

(Photo by Anton Offermanns)

As part of its Music Inspires Dance Series, Kaatsbaan presents the return of Duo Lontano – two decorated and internationally known pianists, Babette Hierholzer and Jürgen Appell – on Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. Duo Lontano was created in 2004 when Appell and Hierholzer began collaborating with a focus on the extensive repertoire of four-hand/two-piano music.

In 2010, Appell and Hierholzer performed a program for two pianos at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and the Catskill Music Festival. In December of the same year, they received an invitation to Caracas, Venezuela to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E-Flat Major, KV 365, with the celebrated Orquesta Juveníl Simón Bolivar, conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel. In March 2016, they received an invitation to Havana, Cuba to perform Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals for two pianos and orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacionál de Cuba, conducted by Enrique Perez Mesa, in addition to a series of four-hand recitals. In 2015, Duo Lontano released a CD containing four-hand works by Felix Mendelssohn, including Mendelssohn’s own transcription of his String Octet.

The duo’s Kaatsbaan program spans the centuries, featuring works by Johann Pachelbel, J. S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Ernesto Lecuona and Richard Wagner. Admission costs $30 for adults, $10 for Student Rush and children. Kaatsbaan is located at 120 Broadway in Tivoli. For more information, visit www.kaatsbaan.org.