!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: Monica Jakuc, Pianist Extraordinaire

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Monica Jakuc, Pianist Extraordinaire

Source: Smith College

I went to the afternoon concert Monica Jakuc organized to mark the occasion of her retirement, which comes officially in June after 39 years of teaching piano at Smith College and performing with wonderful frequency at Smith and elsewhere.

The program:

Three songs by Joseph Haydn — "A Pastoral Song," "Recollection," and "O Tuneful Voice" — Monica on piano and Jane Bryden, soprano, singing.

Premiere of "Morningside," for solo fortepiano, commissioned from Scott Wheeler by the Smith College Music Department in Monica's honor.

Five songs by Poldowski (Irena Regina Wieniawska) — "Dimanche d'avril," "Spleen," "Mandoline," "L'attente," and "Dansons la gigue" — Monica on piano and Karen Smith Emerson, soprano, singing.

The Tarantella from Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17, for two pianos — played by Monica and Judith Gordon.

Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, by Dvorák, with Monica on piano, Joel Pitchon and Sarah Briggs Cornelius on vioin, Ronald Gorevic on viola, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman on cello.

You can read about Monica's discography here.