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Jennifer Koh & Shai Wosner

When: Sat., Jan. 30, 8 p.m. 2016

JENNIFER KOH AND SHAI WOSNER

DUKE'S BALDWIN AUDITORIUM, DURHAM

SATURDAY, JAN. 30

After five years of collaboration, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner decided the time had come to tackle Beethoven's 10 violin sonatas. Instead of simply performing the sonatas, they commissioned four composers to write new pieces inspired by those specific works, constructing a series of concerts called "Bridge to Beethoven." Here, they pair the master's mighty Kreutzer Sonata with Bridgetower Fantasy, by jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. The title riffs on the original dedicatee of the Kreutzer, a violinist named George Bridgetower, who Beethoven described as "a wild mulatto composer." Beethoven and Bridgetower had a falling-out, and so the Kreutzer was rededicated to violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer. Iyer offers a metaphysical depiction of that transformation, which he describes as "a dismantling of the shape of the original piece and a repopulating of it with some other ideas so that there's a skeletal resemblance." Fascinating stuff. The pair will also play Beethoven's first piano sonata. 8 p.m., $10$42, 1336 Campus Drive, Durham, 919-684-4444, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu. —Dan Ruccia

Price: $10-$42

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