Suzuki and Friends Chamber Series
Indiana History Center
Theodore and William Harvey, 26 and 22 respectively, are two locally raised string players as well as brothers who are beginning to make a mark in the music world. Occasionally their appearances overlap, as in last Tuesday's third Suzuki and Friends season chamber concert, where they played together as previous Suzuki Fellowship Award recipients. Flutist Erinn Frechette, a third past Award recipient, preceded the Harveys in the Suzuki program. The Harvey brothers, William and Theodore
Having won competitions for both flute and piccolo, Frechette has served as a flutist and piccolo player with the Charlotte (N.C.) Symphony Orchestra since 2002. Joining her for the Suzuki program opener were violinist Hidetaro Suzuki, violist Nancy Agres and cellist Sarah Boyer in Mozart's Flute Quartet in D, K.285. Frechette delivered an especially attractive flute line in the slow movement - an Adagio - of this three-movement work with her partners providing pizzicato accompaniment. She displayed exemplary balance and articulation with her string colleagues in the outer movements, and has become a "pro" in all respects.
Three Suzuki regulars ended the program with Brahms' well known, often performed Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-flat, Op. 40. Joining violinist Suzuki and pianist Zeyda Ruga Suzuki, Indianapolis Symphony principal hornist Robert Danforth added his considerable talents. All three displayed the finesse we've come to expect of these players from start to finish.
Violinist William Harvey, currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Juilliard School of Music, has accomplished much in his short life: writing 39 compositions which have been performed - including a film score, tackling 20th-century repertoire avoided by most, touring as a member of the Juilliard Ensemble. He was a standout in his teens as a member of our own New World Youth Symphony Orchestra under Susan Kitterman.
Cellist Theodore Harvey (also an accomplished pianist) graduated from the IU School of Music with Highest Distinction in 2000, earned a Masters at Juilliard in 2002, played the next two years in Miami Beach's New World Symphony and - in a striking coincidence - has joined Frechette in the Charlotte Symphony, as assistant principal cellist.
The Harvey brothers had a well-nurtured upbringing, being sons of Jay Harvey, currently copy editor and jazz reviewer for the Indianapolis Star. The elder Harvey was hired by the now-Gannett-owned publication in 1986 as its classical music critic, a position many local musicians have stated - off the record - that they wish he still held. The Harvey brothers' mother is Susan Raccoli (Harvey), now a church pianist, organist and a former music critic of a Flint, Mich. newspaper before the family moved here.
For this concert, the Mozart and the Brahms were bookends; its centerpiece held the evening's emotional gravity. While the Viennese Classicist and the German Romantic wrote many works greater than what we heard, Dimitri Shostakovich could hardly be considered to have expressed his musical soul more tellingly than in his Op. 67 Piano Trio in E Minor (1944). And the Harvey brothers, along with Mrs. Suzuki, communicated that soul about as well as anyone attending could have imagined - with nicely matched ensemble work throughout. The players got a deservedly thundering ovation.