Jesselson/Fugo Duo to perform cello, piano recital Oct. 19 at WCU
CULLOWHEE – The Jesselson/Fugo Duo from the University of South Carolina School of Music will present a recital of cello and piano music Saturday, Oct. 19, at Western Carolina University.
The performance, which is open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at WCU.
Formed in 1981, the duo has performed extensively across the South – and beyond – with a repertoire that includes major sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Schubert, Boccherini, Valentini and Rachmaninoff. The duo also performs major works for cello and piano such as Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations,” Chopin’s “Polonaise Brillante” and Bruch’s “Kol Nidre,” as well as numerous virtuosic showpieces by Popper, Cassado, Nin, Paganini and others.
The Jesselson/Fugo Duo places special emphasis on the Romantic repertoire, and also performs much music from the Baroque period, as well as from contemporary composers such as Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Carter and Messaien.
In 2011, the duo received a grant to commission six new works to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Those six works were all by South Carolina composers and were recorded in 2012 on a CD titled “Carolina Cellobration.” The group’s October 2013 tour will feature at least one of those six pieces.
The duo consists of Robert Jesselson, a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches cello and plays in the American Arts Trio; and Charles Fugo, professor of piano at the USC School of Music, where he teaches applied piano and coaches chamber music.
For more information, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.