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A House Concert 
at the
Historical Piano Study Center
30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430

Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Rebecca Hartka, 'cello     Barbara Lysakowskim piano Rebecca Hartka, ’cello
Barbara Lysakowski, piano

’Cello – Piano Sampler

Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14 (1912)
’cello transcription by Leonard Rose
on the Blüthner piano, Leipzig, 1907
Sergei Rachmaninoff

’Cello Sonata in a-minor, Op. 36  (1882-83)
          1st Movement, Allegro agitato
on the Blüthner piano, Leipzig, 1877
Edvard Grieg

’Cello Sonata No. 2 in g-minor, Op. 117 (1921)
          2nd Movement, Andante
on the Érard piano, Paris, 1893
Gabriel Fauré
Introduction et Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3 (1829)             
          Arranged by Auguste Franchomme (1808-1884)                
on the Érard piano, Paris, 1893
Frédéric Chopin

’Cello Sonata No. 3 in A-Major, Op. 69   (1807-08)
    1st Movement, Allegro, ma non tanto
on the Tröndlin piano, Leipzig, ca. 1830
Ludwig van Beethoven


About the Pianos
To learn a bit more about each piano just click:  the 1907 Blüthner, the 1877 Blüthner, the 1893 Érard, and the ca. 1830 Trõndlin .

pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection.
The Historical Piano Study Center, 30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430. The building is wheelchair accessible.

About the Musicians
Cellist Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade in the United States, and in Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Hartka is committed to authentic and powerful performance that builds bridges. Her playing was described by the Hanoi Times as “magical and eloquent.”She collaborates primarily with pianist Barbara Lysakowski in Duo Déjà vu, and with guitarist Jose Lezcano with recent concerts at Saugerties Pro Musica; at the Frederick Historical Piano Concerts series; Bass Hall Concerts; Columbia University's Music at St. Paul’s series; the 1794 Meeting House Concert series; the French Cultural Center of Boston; and the Dweck Center, among others.

In 2014 she released her second CD, “Light & Shadow: Sonatas of Rachmaninov and Poulenc” with pianist Alys Terrien-Queen. The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote, “they … take this rich Russian music to new heights”, stating further that their performance “ranks comfortably alongside several impressive readings by other major cellists.”Hartka released her debut CD "Folkfire" with pianist Azusa Komiyama in October 2010, receiving critical acclaim as well as radio play on both WFCR and WAMC Performance Place. The Daily Hampshire Gazette remarked of the CD that Hartka "emotes a passion worthy of a symphony orchestra" while the Greenfield Recorder praised her for having "a passion for precision that never imposes itself upon the music". She was the recipient of the 1993 Henriette Reiss Award for Outstanding Artistic Merit.

Rebecca Hartka completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at Boston University College of Fine Arts in May 2007, where she was a four-year recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Award, and an elected member of Phi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honors Society. Hartka had also completed a Master’s degree in Music at BU CFA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and College. Hartka's teachers have included Leslie Parnas, Michael Reynolds, Rhonda Rider, Clive Greensmith, Andor Toth, Peter Rejto, Douglas Moore and Justin Kagan.
Born in Poland, Barbara Lysakowski is an active solo and chamber music pianist in her native country and in the Boston area. Her musical interests stretch from Classical to 20th century music. Her repertoire includes, among others, Chopin's, Grieg's, and Debussy's Sonatas for Cello and Piano, Poulenc's Sonata for Flute and Piano and Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata. She is a current member of the Rêve d'Amour ensemble, whose debut on November 2014 at the French Cultural Center was described in the Boston Musical Intelligencer as "strong" and "provided a kind of magic" with "impressive, lyrical talents".  In Poland, under the City Concert Series, Barbara has performed with cellist, Anna Sawicka, a concert master of the Baltic State Opera Orchestra.

Barbara started her collegiate studies at the Academy of Music in Gdansk.  Under the supervision of the renowned pianist and chancellor, Waldemar Wojtal, she obtained the Master of Arts in Piano Performance with Academic Honors.  She was an instructor of chamber music at that institution for 3 years.  

After moving to the US, she enrolled at the New England Conservatory graduate program where she studied with Randall Hodgkinson and earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance with Academic Honors.  Since then she taught at the South Shore Conservatory and Franklin School for the Performing Arts. Currently, she is a member of the piano faculty and a staff accompanist at All Newton Music School.

About the House Concerts
Our House Concerts are fundraising events, to help defray such annual expenses as replacing slate tiles on the roof, insuring the pianos, etc. Admission to the concerts is by freewill donation. Any amount is most welcome, and all donations to our 501(c)(3) organization, Historical Piano Concerts, Inc., are fully tax-deductible, and will be acknowledged in writing for your tax records.

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