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Early Music Missouri: The Dawn of Romanticism
November 10 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The second concert of the series Early Music @ First features Dr. Charles Metz in a solo recital by three iconic Classical/Romantic composers: Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. The program will open with Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in D, H xvi:9, followed by Ludwig von Beethoven’s Rondo in G, Op. 51, no. 2. The concert will conclude with the Third Klavier Stücke, D. 946 by Franz Schubert. Dr. Metz will perform on a recently constructed fortepiano by Paul McNulty who modeled this instrument on extant fortepianos by Anton Walter, a leading builder of keyboard instruments in the late-eighteenth-century. This new instrument features a case in patterned Nigerian mahogany with Empire-period decoration in gold leaf.
Early keyboard specialist Charles Metz performs nationally and internationally on his historic 16th-century virginal, a variety of harpsichords and fortepianos. His performance credits include international appearances in Netherlands, Germany and Costa Rica. Charles has performed as a soloist and in a variety of ensembles across this country, too, with concerts in Chicago IL, Saratoga NY, Bennington VT and Louisville KY. In addition, Charles has performed solo recitals at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Oberlin Conservatory and as guest artist for the Kansas City Symphony’s “Summerfest” series. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, including a recent appearance the featured keyboard soloist in Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto under conductor Nicholas McGegan. He has been a soloist and ensemble player in the Kansas City area with Jewell Early Music Festival and Kansas City Baroque and has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Ars Antigua Chicago and the Newberry Consort of Chicago. Recent activity includes concerts with the Desert Baroque in Palm Desert CA and performances and master classes at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Penn State University in State College PA.
Charles studied piano at Penn State University, beginning his harpsichord studies through private lessons with the legendary Igor Kipnis. In the process of earning a Ph.D. in Historical Performance Practice at Washington University in Saint Louis, he studied with Trevor Pinnock. More recently, Charles has worked with Webb Wiggins and Lisa Crawford at the Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to the Ph.D. in Music, Charles also holds a doctorate in Optometry and worked for twenty years in his own private practice and with Clarkson Eyecare in St. Louis before retiring. In addition to his performing activity, he has served on the boards of a number of local and national arts organizations. Charles currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and The Newberry Consort in Chicago.
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