Elsa Verdehr’s master class was immediately after. She prefaced the class by talking about some of her goals, the main one being that she would like more of the repertoire that has been commissioned for the Verhehr Trio to be performed more often. This was the idea behind her “Tasting Menu” program that was discussed in the previous post from yesterday. You can check out their extensive repertoire on their website. Her master class featured a variety of topics including edition preferences, tempo relationships, and incorporated some of the teaching styles of both Harold Wright and Stanley Hasty. She also has an excellent sense of humor and was a delight to watch perform and teach.
After a nice lunch at Cafe Plaid, we resumed with a recital performed by Boris Allakhverdyan who recently won the Metropolitan Opera audition. He’s a phenomenal performer and it was a fantastic recital. On the program was Giampieri’s Carnival of Venice, Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne from Six Morceaux, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces, Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie, Gershwin’s Three Preludes, and Dinicu’s Hora Staccato.
David Etheridge’s tribute recital was extremely emotional. Many of his former students and colleagues returned to reminisce about David and past symposiums and to also perform in his honor. Francois Kloc from Buffet Crampon awarded a full scholarship to a deserving OU student in memorial of David. Buffet also hosted the reception following the recital providing a wonderful dinner for everyone to socialize.
This post ended up being much longer than intended so I’ll post part III tomorrow.