On Friday, evening, April 6, at 7:30, at First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, Amherst, Duo Déjà vu will perform heroic and tuneful cello and piano works from the19th century repertoire. The program, called “Lyricism and Bravura” will include Frederic Chopin: Introduction et Polonaise Brilliante, Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 69 and Edvard Grieg: Sonata for cello and piano in A minor, Op. 36. Members of Duo Déjà vu are Rebecca Hartka, cello and Barbara Lysakowski, piano.
Dr. Hartka has concertized for over a decade in the United States, Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, and Thailand. She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello performance at Boston University College of Fine Arts in May, 2007, as a four-year recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Award, and an elected member of Phi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honors Society. Dr. Hartka also completed a Masters in Music at BU CFA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and College. Born in Poland, Barbara Lysakowski is an active solo and chamber music pianist in her native country and in the Boston area. After moving to the U.S., she enrolled in the New England Conservatory graduate program, where she 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.
The suggested donation at the door is $15. Click for a preview of the duo performing.