The Charm of Czech Music
Le Due Muse
Sarah Hong, cello & Makiko Ooka, piano
with special guest Fumino Ando, violin
Josef Suk Ballad in D minor, Op. 3, No. 1
Bohuslav Martinů Sonata for cello & piano No. 2
Antonín Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, ‘Dumky’
Le Due Muse is a cello and piano duo team formed by the Bay Area cellist Sarah Hong and her long time duo partner, Japanese pianist Makiko Ooka. With violinist, Fumino Ando, they return to Old First Concerts to share the great Bohemian composers’ masterpieces by Antonín Dvořák, Josef Suk, and Bohuslav Martinů. The area occupied by the modern Czech Republic was, in earlier times, the kingdom of Bohemia. Bohemia was extinguished as a nation, but the music of Bohemia, the most characteristic feature of her national culture, remained alive through those composers. Join us for the romantic, rich harmonies and the pure, childlike folk melodies and unique rhythm that makes us want to dance.