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Violinist Solenn Séguillon will give a solo recital with Old First Concerts

Violinist Solenn Séguillon
Violinist Solenn Séguillon
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Those who attend the Old First Concerts series at Old First Church regularly will probably be familiar with Solenn Séguillon as the violinist in the Aleron Trio, joined by cellist Anne Suda and pianist Sophie Xuefei Zhang. Next week Séguillon will return to Old First to give a solo recital with Anne Rainwater as her accompanying pianist. She will perform the world premiere of a piece by a composer whose music was previously heard at Old First in a premiere performance given by Aleron.

That composer is Shahab Paranj, born in Tehran and most recently a composition student of David Garner at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Aleron premiered Paranj’s first piano trio, given the subtitle “A Bitter Letter” and drawing heavily on traditional classical Persian music for its thematic material. At next week’s recital Séguillon will premiere a short piece, entitled “Elegy,” composed for unaccompanied violin. Once again Paranj is turning to music from Persia, this time drawing on a codex of music from Isfahan.

On the modern side her program will also include the version of Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” for violin and piano. For many (including myself), this was the “first contact” experience of Pärt’s music. It was the first track on Tabula Rasa, the first ECM New Series Pärt recording, performed by violinist Gidon Kremer with Keith Jarrett on piano. In addition Séguillon will begin her program with a twentieth-century arrangement, Nathan Milstein’s transcription of Frédéric Chopin’s C-sharp minor nocturne, composed in 1830 but not published until after his death.

The second half of the program will be devoted to Ludwig van Beethoven with a performance of his Opus 47 (“Kreutzer”) sonata in A major.

Old First Concerts events take place in the Old First Church at 1751 Sacramento Street (on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue). This recital will be held on August 22 at 8 p.m. General admission is $17 with a special $14 rate for seniors and $5 for full-time students. Children aged twelve and under are admitted at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the event page on the Old First Concerts Web site. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-474-1608.