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Cellist David Starkweather will be performing with pianist Damon Denton and tenor Gregory Broughton.  The program includes music of the 18th century composer Louis Francoeur, a set of pieces titled “From Jewish Life” by Ernest Bloch, traditional African-American spirituals featuring Dr. Broughton, and the monumental sonata for cello and piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff.  The Francoeur is an arrangement for cello from a violin sonata, widely known among cellists for its brilliant fast movement.  The three pieces by Bloch, titled Prayer, Supplication, and Jewish Song, form a soulful trilogy of hebraic lament and expression.  The three spirituals sung by Dr. Broughton were arranged for tenor, cello, and piano by Marvin Curtis.  They provide a lovely setting for the rich combination of the tenor voice with cello in settings of Changed My Name, Balm in Gilead, and Give Me Jesus.  The endearing cello sonata of Rachmaninoff was his last chamber work (1901), one of the first results of successful hypnotherapy curing his 3-year long inability to compose.  Starkweather and Denton have collaborated on numerous past occasions, and this promises to be a lovely performance of some of Rachmaninoff’s most touching and poignant melodies.

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