Duo Concertante

 

If we had not faced the restrictions made necessary by the pandemic, The Valley Concert
Society would have presented Duo Concertante on the stage of the Matsqui Centennial
Auditorium today, Friday, February 12.

The husband-and-wife partnership of pianist Timothy Steeves and violinist Nancy Dahn
is probably the most well-known and highly-regarded such duo in Canada. Both are
music professors at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and
they are co-artistic directors of the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in their home
province. http://duoconcertante.com

The Valley Concert Society had also engaged Nancy Dahn as the clinician at a string
masterclass on the day following the concert. We are sorely disappointed that some
talented local music students have missed out on the opportunity to work with a
professional musician and educator.

Duo Concertante has produced a substantial library of recordings with music both new
and old. I invite you to enjoy their performance of the second movement from
Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. It opens with a gentle melody which serves as the
inspiration for five variations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saP5fcaFR6I
While Duo Concertante has performed and recorded the music of a great many
composers (their most recent CD features Schubert), Beethoven has held a special
significance for them, and they make a point of including one of his ten sonatas for violin
and piano in their performances whenever they can.
If you would like to hear from Nancy and Timothy personally, here is a clip entitled In
the Heat of the Moment. In it they discuss some of the challenges of performing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J3emeP1Jgo

Enjoy these moments in the hope that we will soon be able to see and hear Duo
Concertante in a live performance.
Stay safe.
John Wiebe
President
The Valley Concert Society