Variations on a Theme: Music by Mozart, Hummel, and Beethoven Works for Piano and Violin

December 7, 2017 | 7:30pm

On Wednesday, December 7, 2017, at 7:30 pm, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Friends of Mozart presents Variations on a Theme, works for piano and violin by Mozart, Hummel, and Beethoven, gifted violinists and keyboard virtuosos, as well as brilliant improvisers.  Solo improvisation was the basis of the variation form in the instrumental and orchestral music of eighteenth-century composers.  In their work, sets of variations figured as independent compositions and as movements within large-scale compositions, evident in this program’s sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, including the “Kreutzer.”


Theresa Salomon, violin
a native of Germany who came to New York in 1993, performs on baroque and modern violin. She has participated in numerous international festivals, including Festival Presence, Paris; Gulbenkian Festival, Lisbon; and the Prague Spring Festival.  Ms. Salomon performs in New York with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, REBEL Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. Theresa Salomon serves on the adjunct faculty of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, where she teaches performance practice and baroque violin.

Yi-heng Yang, fortepiano
appears throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, performing on early and modern keyboard instruments. During the 2013-14 season, she made her Friends of Mozart debut in a program featuring Mozart’s keyboard trios. Recent seasons include performances with Tricia Park, Charles Neidich, James Shields, David Felberg, and the Apple Hill String Quartet. She plays with numerous ensembles, including the Sebastians, Gretchen’s Muse, and Trio Pasqualati. Upcoming recordings include the complete Mendelssohn Violin Sonatas on period instruments, with violinist Abigail Karr.