[Video] An Evening of Classical Music at Reisterstown Road Branch

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By Greg Fromme, Reisterstown Road Branch

cellistOn Wednesday, December 12, the Reisterstown Road branch had the privilege of hosting two extraordinary Baltimore area musicians for an evening of classical music.

An audience of close to 40 was in attendance at the branch as Lukasz Szyrner, cellist, opened the recital with several solo pieces for cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Violinist Qing Li joined him for duets for violin and cello, including pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn and a famous arrangement of Handel’s Passacaglia by Harvolsen. This last work highlighted the virtuosity and dynamic range of both musicians and truly impressed the audience. One concert-goer noted that the duo at times "sounded like five or six musicians." Exclamations such as "exquisite," "magnificent," and "passionate" were also heard from those in attendance.

Librarian and Pratt Chat blogger Becky Hass produced this short video of the concert:

If you are interested in further exploring the music of some of the composers heard at this recital, several recordings can be found in our catalog. Here are a few selections:

Qing Li violinLukasz Szyrner plays cello with the Mid-Atlantic and Lancaster symphonies as well as leading his own chamber music trio. Mr. Szyrner came to Baltimore from Poland in the 1990’s to attend the Peabody Conservatory. Read more about Mr. Szyrner on the Mid-Atlantic Symphony site.

Qing Li, is a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Li came to Baltimore from China to attend the Peabody Conservatory. Read more about Ms. Li’s musical accomplishments on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra site.

Great post, Greg! Qing Li is an amazingly talented violinist - sorry I missed this! I've greatly enjoyed her solo and BSO performances over the years. But I miss her visits to Sights & Sounds at Central, where she used to check out the latest audiobooks (I think she downloads e-books directly to her iPhone now!).
Posted by: Tom Warner at 12/20/2012 1:46 p.m.

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