Two noted local soloists will come together this weekend in the first of a three-concert series at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Church in which they will present all of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano. Pianist Robin McCabe and violinist Maria Larionoff began “The Beethoven Project” last year in Seattle; this year’s version in Tacoma will happen on Oct. 19, Feb. 8 and April 19.
A performing duo for five years at venues such as the University of Washington and Benaroya Hall, McCabe and Larionoff both have established solo careers: McCabe, a native of Puyallup, studied then taught at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, finally becoming director of the School of Music at the University of Washington from 1994-2009; Larionoff, also a Juilliard graduate, was concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony and an in-demand soloist, also teaching at the University of Washington. Both have extensive chamber music and recording experience.
Beethoven composed 10 sonatas for violin and piano from 1789-1812, spanning the years from his successful Vienna career through his middle period of solid compositional output. Giving both parts equal weight in the partnership, the sonatas are a major part of the violin-piano repertoire, and include the famous (and difficult) “Kreutzer” sonata, no. 9.
Concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, Feb. 8 and April 19 at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1115 S. 56th St., Tacoma. Admission by donation. 253-474-4646, tuuc-wa.org