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Contemporary Music of the Weimar Republic: David Witten, piano

March 6, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Teatro, Italian Academy (1161 Amsterdam Ave, NYC 10027)

This event is currently at capacity, but we hope to accommodate standby guests at the door.

The Weimar Republic saw an outpouring of energy and activity in concerts and music composition. In 1921, in southwest Germany, the Donaueschingen Music Festival was established, the first European festival devoted to new works by contemporary composers. On July 26, 1925, during the festival’s fifth season, two works received their world premieres: Igor Stravinsky’s Piano Sonata and Alexander Tcherepnin’s Concerto da Camera for flute, violin, and chamber orchestra. Nearly a century later, both works will be performed on the same program, alongside piano compositions by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, his Greeting Cards honoring five musicians who had significant careers in Germany in the 1920s before they escaped the Nazis and started new careers in the United States.

Part of Carnegie Hall’s Spring 2024 city-wide festival, Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice


Piano Sonata
   Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)

Greeting Cards
   Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968)

Concerto da Camera, Op. 33
   Alexander Tcherepnin (1899–1977)


David Witten, piano
Christine Lamprea, cello
Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, flute
Michael Roth, violin

This is the Academy's fourth collaboration with Carnegie Hall; learn more about the earlier initiatives:


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Registration does not guarantee a seat. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the event and early arrival is suggested. Walk-ins will be admitted, space permitting, from 6:50 PM.


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