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Arts Alive Concert: Judy Hung and Richard Roberts


Judy Hung on piano and Richard Roberts on violin will be performing a special concert this Sunday as part of the Arts Alive festival.

The Hudson Chamber Music Series (HCMS) is partnering with the Hudson Village Theatre to present a special concert as part of the 2019 Arts Alive festival. It will take place Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road, Hudson. Judy Hung (piano) and Richard Roberts (violin), two of the best-known musicians from the Montreal area, will perform works by Beethoven, Spohr, Matteis and Tchaikovsky. This is a return engagement for these distinguished musicians, who played for the HCMS in 2012 as part of the Trio du Lac.

Judy Hung has had a rich career on the concert stage as both a violinist and pianist, and as a teacher, music director and conductor. She teaches at her own studio on the West Island and at the McGill Conservatory of Music. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University and Master’s degrees in Violin, Piano and Early Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Syracuse University and McGill University. Richard Roberts is well known to Montreal audiences as the concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held for 37 years (the second longest tenure of any concertmaster in North America). He has appeared in many solo roles with the MSO, including their recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Capriccio Espagnol, and as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world.

The first half of the concert will feature 19th century German works, with Beethoven’s Violin Sonata number 2 in C Minor and an arrangement of Louis Spohr’s Violin Concerto number 8 in A Minor. The Beethoven sonata (according to James Reel) shows the composer, “…in his most famous mood, an initially depressive state that is gradually overcome through a spasm of anti-Fate fist-shaking.” Spohr was a prolific violinist, composer and conductor who was better known while alive than his older colleague Beethoven in some circles. The concerto is his best-known work and has been recorded by luminaries such as Heifetz and Hahn.

After the interval, the musicians will perform works from the Baroque and late Romantic periods. Nicola Matteis was an Italian Baroque violinist who had a spectacularly successful career in London. His sheet music, with precise instructions on bowing, ornaments and tempos, has proved invaluable in reconstructing Baroque performance practices. Judy Hung will perform his Passaggio Rotto & Fantasia from Ayres for the Violin on a Baroque violin. Two works by Tchaikovsky conclude the concert. His Souvenir d’un lieu cher includes a movement originally intended for the Violin Concerto. The Valse-Scherzo in C Major is a work for violin and orchestra that Tchaikovsky arranged for violin and piano. Violinists from David Oistrakh to Julia Fischer have recorded it.

Tickets to the concert are available for $25 on the Hudson Village Theatre website at villagetheatre.ca/events/arts-alive-2019-an-evening-of-chamber-music/, and will also be available at the door.

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