Robert Holm Faculty Piano Recital - Sunday, November 2 at Laidlaw (3:00 p.m.)

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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Robert Holm

On Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Robert Holm will present a faculty piano recital including late sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, followed by a variation set by Brahms and Liszt's "Dante Sonata."
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
Mozart's K. 576 Sonata in D major, the last of his 18 original sonatas, exemplifies brilliance in spirit while utilizing imitative techniques similar to the style of J.S. Bach.  Beethoven's op. 90 Sonata in E minor is only 2 movements in length and first shows the composer's personal style through tempo markings explicitly described in German!  Beethoven achieves new heights in dramatic contrasts in this work.  
The op. 21/1 Variations on an Original Theme is perhaps the least known of the six variation sets Brahms composed for piano, yet is certainly one of the most beautiful.  Set in D major, the texture for most of the piece is unusually thick and full of lush harmonic progressions.  Liszt's well-known Dante sonata is loosely based on Dante's Divine Comedy and began as a two-part sketch in the late 1830's. It was completed in 1849 with the subtitle "Fantasy quasi Sonata," the opposite from that of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata.  The piece is an excellent example of thematic transformation, where a basic motive or theme is reprised with such variation so as to sound like a completely new idea.
Robert Holm is head of the piano division at USA, principal pianist with Mobile Symphony, pianist at Dauphin Way Baptist Church and is a Steinway Artist.
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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