Christopher Lewis, left, and Yoshiko Sato, right, will put on a free Beethoven concert at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn in North Bennington, Vt., on
Christopher Lewis, left, and Yoshiko Sato, right, will put on a free Beethoven concert at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn in North Bennington, Vt., on Saturday, Aug. 27. (Courtesy photo)

NORTH BENNINGTON, VT. — From colleagues to performers, Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis will offer their third concert of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas at the Park McCullough's Carriage Barn on Saturday.

The two piano teachers have worked at Bennington College together for five years and have always wished to collaborate on a project. The first in the series was held at the college and the second at Bennington Museum. Another three or four concerts will be held over the next year or two, completing all 32 of Beethoven's sonatas.

"The Beethoven sonatas are one of the monuments of Western music and we decided that it would be a wonderful opportunity for us to work together and to present these masterpieces to the community," Lewis said. "Each of the pieces is different, original, expands the possibilities of the instrument and of the sonata form and is a statement of his genius at each stage of his life and development."

Saturday's performance will consist of piano sonatas op. 28 in D major ("Pastoral"), op. 31, #2 in D minor ("Tempest"), op. 78 in F sharp major and op. 79 in G major. Op. refers to opus; the order in which the pieces were published, not composed.


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Beethoven was the son of a musician, taught to play at an early age by his father. His first public performance occurred on March 26, 1778, at the age of 7 and his first published work, "9 Variations in C Minor for piano" was released in 1782 just short of 12 years old. Beethoven's musical education improved in the 1787 after he was sent to Vienna to meet Mozart. In 1800 he organized a concert there presenting his first symphony.

While the prodigy's work is considered highly notable today, the music was found to be strange, extravagant and risque, according to the musician's biography.

The show begins at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted.

IF YOU GO ...

What: Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Series — Concert No. 3 with pianists Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato.

When: 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27

Where: Park McCullough House Carriage Barn, North Bennington, Vt.

Cost: Free