The Japanese Americans’ Care Fund Presents The 7th Annual Benefit Concert An Evening of Two Pianos in Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Mozart Maria Pia Fazio De Carlo Ryoko Tajika Drei Sunday, May 21, 2006, 7:00PM The Lyceum Alexandria’s History Museum 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314 ❖Program❖ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 - Allegro con spirito - Andante - Allegro molto Frederick Chopin (1810 – 1849) Rondo in C Major for Two Pianos, Op.73 – Intermission – Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943) Fantasie Tableaux for Two Pianos : - Gondola Song - Night…Love - Tears - Easter Manuel Infante (1883 – 1958) Danses Andalouses : - Ritmo - Sentimiento - Gracia Ryoko Tajika-Drei Ryoko obtained her piano diploma in 1992 from The Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and continued her studies under Akiko Kusano and Henriette Puig-Roget. In 1993 she moved to Italy where she completed a master degree at The National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome graduating in 1995 under Sergio Perticaroli. She attended master classes at Salzburg’s Universitat Mozarteum under Perticaroli, Jasinsky, and Kontarsky in addition to her courses at The Liszt National Academy in Budapest. In 1996, Ryoko attended The Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena, Italy graduating under Joaquin Achucarro. From 1998, she continued her studies specializing in the virtuoso and romantic repertoires with Roberto Cappello. Since her debut Ryoko has won a collection of prizes, awards and other honors. The most important are a Special Prize in The Schubert International Piano Competition offered by Japan’s Association of Musical Education in 1989, and First Prize in piano at the International Competition for Soloists offered by the Association of Young Musicians of Japan in 1990. In 1994, she won first prize in The "Tersicore" International Music Competition in Chieti, Italy and in 2002 "Premio D'onore" in The Torneo Internazionale della Musica in Rome, Italy. Ryoko has performed in numerous concerts in Japan, Italy, Argentina, Austria, South Africa, and Germany. In 1997 she played with The Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. She performed at the Beethoven-saal in Bonn for Thabo-Mbeki, then Vice President of The Republic of South Africa. Ryoko has been teaching piano since 1988 and has recorded several live CDs. In June 2002, she moved to Washington D.C. Since 2003 she has been performing in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Her appearances include a concert at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The National Gallery and an unusual presentation at the American Film Institute of Barilla Pradella's futuristic music. In addition she has made two recordings for N.H.K, the Japanese National Broadcasting Corporation. She has also performed two-piano and four-hand repertoires with Maria Pia Fazio DeCarlo. ❖S. Rachmaninov❖ The following are translation of the poems which appear at the head of each movement. No 1 Gondola Song O cool evening wave Lap gently under the oars of the gondola … that song again! and again the sound of the guitar! … in the distance, now melancholy, now happy, Was heard the sound of the old barcarolle: ‘The gondola glides through the water, And time flies through love; The waters become smooth again And passion will rise no more.’ Lermontov No. 2 Night … Love It is the hour when from the boughs The nightingale’s high note is heard; It is the hour when lovers’ vows Seem sweet in every whisper’d word; And gentle winds, and waters near, Make music to the lonely ear. Byron No. 3 Tears Human tears, O human tears! You flow both early and late – You flow unknown, you flow unseen Inexhaustible, innumerable, – You flow like torrents of rain In the depths of an autumn night. Tyutchev No. 4 Easter The mighty peal rang out over the earth, And all the air, moaning, shuddered and groaned. Melodious, silver thunderings Told the news of the holy triumph. Khomyakov ❖About the Artists❖ Maria Pia Fazio De Carlo After obtaining her piano diploma from the Conservatory of Music of Bologna (Italy), Maria Pia Fazio De Carlo completed Master classes at the Conservatory of Parma. She attended the Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena (Italy) graduating under Maestro Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Maestro Guido Agosti. While living in Italy she won the contest for piano teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Modena (Italy), where she taught from 1968 to 1974. During this time her performance included orchestral concerts with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna. She also played two-piano concerts in Modena, Forli ' and Bologna and several other Italian cities. From 1974 to 1986, during her stay in Germany, she performed solo recitals at the Augustinum Theater and in the Stadthalle in Bonn, which at the time was the capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany. After moving to Washington DC (United States) she performed two-piano concerts and four hands repertoires with Ryoko Tajika-Drei. ❖Special Thanks to…❖ YAMAHA Artist Services, New York The World Bank Community Connections Program The Japanese Americans’ Care Fund is a non-profit, volunteer organization which provides assistance and services for Japanese and Japanese-Americans in the Washington metropolitan area. The Care Fund is supported by the Embassy of Japan, the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., the World Bank, many private firms and individuals in the area. Membership is free with no obligation. Volunteers are welcome! Please join us to make a better community for all. Office Fred M. Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road #B-1, Annandale, Virginia 22003-2403 Tel: (703)256-5223 Fax: (703)256-5611 E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.jacarefund.org No audio/video recording of this concert is permitted.
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