Romance doesn't stop on Valentine's Day, and Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota is offering a concert that will cap this year's Valentine's weekend with the highly romantic — and revolutionary — music of two composers whose private passions inspired some of the greatest music of all time. The extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert will be presented at 4 p.m., on Sun., Feb. 17, featuring Rachel Assi, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Assi on French horn; and Joseph Holt and Michael Stuart on piano. A meet-the-artist reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.
"Beethoven and Schubert bridged the gap between the Classical and Romantic eras in music," said Holt, Faith's music director. "The selections to be performed in this concert will offer a lush and fittingly romantic end to the Valentine weekend. Rachel Assi will sing some of the most beloved lieder by Schubert, and her husband Joseph Assi will play Beethoven's unique composition for horn and piano — the rarely performed 'Horn Sonata in F Major.'"
Stuart and Holt will play "Military Marches" by Schubert as well as Beethoven's entire Symphony No. 1 as arranged for piano, four-hands.
Rachel Assi has performed with several opera companies, including the St. Petersburg Opera, the New Jersey Opera Theatre and Rutgers Opera at Rutgers University. In addition to her singing activities, she is the grants officer for the Sarasota Opera. Joseph Assi is a principal horn for the Sarasota Orchestra. Joseph Holt, a pianist for the U.S. Army Chorus for 20 years, is also the artistic director for Gloria Musicae, and Stuart is Faith's associate music director.
This February "Romantic Revolutionaries" concert is part of a three-concert series offered by Faith Lutheran; tickets are $15. A second concert featuring the US Army Chorus Vocal Quartet, will be offered March 15. That is followed by a season-ending April 14 concert featuring Sarasota's own Maria Wirries in a benefit for Haiti.
Single-concert tickets are available online at faithsarasota.com, by phone at 941-924-4664, or in person at the church; a $40 three-concert package is also available. Faith Lutheran Church is located at 7750 Beneva Road in Sarasota; for more information, visit the website or call 941-924-4664.
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