Jenny Gregoire, Guest Artist Violin Recital October 25 at Laidlaw

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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Jenny Gregoire

Johannes Brahms' Violin Sonatas will be performed by Mobile Symphony concertmaster Jenny Gregoire and USA piano faculty Robert Holm on Saturday, October 25 in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  As part of the USA Musical Arts series, Gregoire and Holm will perform the three sonatas for violin and piano by Brahms, each recognized as a musical masterpiece for the two instruments.
Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only.  Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only).  Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.
About the program and the guest artist
Brahms' first sonata in G major, op. 78 from 1879 has a "fresh, almost contemporary" mood from the beginning.  The second movement in E-flat is very deep and dramatic with a march-like middle section in E-flat minor and is followed by a flowing Rondo finale.  The A major sonata, op. 100 (1886) is also in three movements and features the piano more often as the lead in melody while the violin is pitched consistently low for a "fat" texture.  The D minor sonata, op. 108 (1888) exhibits outer movements as stormy and tempestuous as Beethoven's "Tempest," contrasted with the luxurious D major slow movement and F-sharp minor scherzo featuring pizzicato.
Jenny Gregoire has held the position of concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and is a full-time violin faculty member at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  She especially loves to play Brahms!
Need directions to Laidlaw?  Just go to Google Maps at and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center."  We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.
Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event!  Call (251) 460-7116 or email  Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert!  (Pass Holders only please!  Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)
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