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Bartok program to be performed by Laurie Smukler and Robert McDonald

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ORONO Laurie Smukler and Robert McDonald will be performing at the Minsky Recital Hall in Orono on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.

'Our all-Bartk program includes the First Rhapsody, and both the Violin and Piano Sonatas; No. 1 and No. 2. The Rhapsody was dedicated to the great violinist Josef Szigeti, who was good friends with Bartk. It is full of folk melody and is a real virtuosic show piece. The sonatas were written within a year of each other, both for the fiery and beautiful woman violinist Jelly D'Aranyi, with whom Bartk was smitten,' said Laurie Smukler in a release. 'The relationship with the older Bartk did not develop into a romance, but the two did perform the sonatas together. The pieces themselves are full of romantic lyricism, intensity, exoticism, and rhythmic excitement, in addition to Bartk's trademark use of folk music.

Hearing both these sonatas in one program is a wonderful experience - delving deeply into the wonderful, original and evocative writing Bartk did for violin and piano.

This concert is presented as part of the John I. and Elizabeth E. Patches Chamber Music Series.

Please join us after the concert for a free reception to mingle with the artists and fellow chamber music lovers.

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