Beethoven in Paley’s winter mini-festival

Alexander Paley and his wife and four-hands piano partner, Pei-wen Chen, will feature music of Beethoven in the winter edition of Paley’s Richmond music festival, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway.

In the Jan. 9 program, the duo will play a four-hands arrangement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by Carl Czerny. Most widely known to posterity as the author of instructional studies for the piano, Czerny was a pupil of Beethoven’s who premiered several of his works and whose reminiscences were among the first biographical treatments of the composer.

On Jan. 10, Paley will play Beethoven’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”) and the “Rondo alla ingharese quasi un capriccio” in G major, Op. 129, better-known as “Rage over a Lost Penny,” along with Liszt’s “Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata” and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5, Op. 53.

Admission is by donation.

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