Joanne Polk plays Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

February 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

February 18 at 6pm, Cornelia is hosting a first-rate lecture and CD release party in the underground. Pianist Joanne Polk, best known for her performances and recordings of the music of Amy Beach, has recorded a two-CD set of the solo piano music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, to be released on the Newport Classic label. Fanny – the sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn, whose work he sometimes claimed as his own – was actively discouraged by her family to practice her art as it was viewed as an unseemly activity for a woman of her class. Come enjoy a sampling of music and a talk with Victoria Sirota author of The life and works of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.

Reservations a must, cover charge is $10 plus a one drink minimum.

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