Günter Raphael (1903-1960) was a skillful German-Jewish composer, organist, violinist, violist and educator who rose to prominence during the height of the Weimar Republic. Raphael held a prominent post at the Hochschule in Leipzig and his works were championed by Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Busch Quartet. Raphaels career was forever altered by the rise of the Nazi Party when he was removed from his posts in 1934 and his works banned from public performance. While hidden from the authorities, Raphael was able to continue to compose, regaining in part his former prominence in West Germany after the end of World War II.
This performance will feature three of Raphael's unaccompanied viola sonatas performed by accomplished violist, Gregory K. Williams.
Dr. Williams is the Principal Violist of the Berkshire Opera Festival, and Assistant Principal Violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. He has performed thought the United States and in the Netherlands, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Dr. Williams is on the viola faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and also serves on the faculty of the Mountain Springs Chamber Music Festival in Draper, Utah. He has been part of the string faculties of Saint Francis Preparatory School, P.S. 115 (Queens), Kellenberg Memorial High School, the Ross School, and at the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs.
Tickets: $20 Advance/ $25 at the Door. Children under 16 - FREE.
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