Daniel Hope and Jeffrey Kahane
UCLA Royce Hall
Presented by UCLA Live, two virtuosos of their instruments swept into the theatre this week, performing Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78, Regenlied, Messiaen’s Théme et Variations, Schulhoff’s Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76 and Franck’s Sonata in A major. Hope is a solo violinist, and Kahane is just as adept on the piano. Their difference in height notwithstanding, the two stood on equal footing as they led a rapt audience through some jarring pieces, some beautiful pieces, and some which alternated between the two within the same movements.
The theatre was a little over half full, and those who weren’t there missed out. The music was brilliant, the stage banter was self-deprecating and humorous, and the history lessons were appreciated.
One this I will say is: I’m amazed more folks don’t take advantage of shows like this at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. The venue is beautiful, the acoustics are incredible, the staff are friendly and courteous, and the grounds are amazing. Their calendar lineup this winter and spring are beyond compare.
Check out www.uclalive.org for more details. There’s a wealth of music of all kinds, spoken word, and dance. The place is centrally located and the UCLA campus is always lovely to visit. Please, come out and support them!