Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed violin sonatas as a child of six. But it was as a young man, visiting Paris at age 22, that he created his first mature works in the form. Sonata in D Major, K. 306, is boisterous, inventive and slyly humorous — grandly scaled fun that only Mozart could write.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, acclaimed violinist Cecilia Belcher and pianist Patti Wolf will present the D Major sonata, along with works by Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel, in the 560 Music Center at Washington University in St. Louis.
The free concert will launch KWUR Week 2014. Subsequent events will range from rock and funk to classical percussion. Performers include:
Tweens and Japanther
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19
Parisian, Mykki Blanco and Pictureplane
8 p.m. Friday, March 21
Shannon Wood and WUSTL Beat Therapy Ensemble
7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23
560 Music Center
* Co-sponsored by the St. Louis Symphony Community Partnership Program
All four concerts are open to the public and free with a WUSTL ID. For more information, visit kwur.com/kwurweek.
Belcher, a native of St. Louis, is second principal violin with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. She currently is performing with the St. Louis Symphony for its 2013-14 season and also plays with The Knights, a New York-based chamber orchestra. She holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University.
Wolf trained at the St. Louis Conservatory before earning degrees at the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. She performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and the Chautauqua Symphony in New York. A former visiting professor at WUSTL’s Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, she maintains an active private studio.