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Duo MemDi: Igor Kalnin, violin; Rochelle Sennet, piano
Award-winning Duo MemDi was founded by violinist Igor Kalnin and pianist Rochelle Sennet in the summer of 2010, when they served on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. The objective of Duo MemDi is to perform music that embraces the diversity of world cultures. Particularly, they focus on commissioning and performing music of composers from underrepresented groups. They believe that classical music should be an integral part of the diversity, inclusivity and equality movement, and serve as an indispensable tool in promoting social justice. All of the Duo’s live performances are from memory – a rare feat in the world of chamber music. They feel that it allows for a connection to composers’ ideas in a more holistic, insightful way. These ideals inspired the name of the duo: Mem[ory] and Di[versity] = MemDi. We'll perform a program combining established masterpieces and music by living composers. The recital will feature the first performance in Decorah of Sonata for Violin and Piano by a prominent African American composer H. Leslie Adams. Other pieces on the program will include D minor Violin Sonata by Brahms, Valse-Scherzo by Tchaikovsky, and rarely performed Schumann's arrangement of Bach's G minor Solo Violin Sonata.
Questions? Contact Igor Kalnin, 563-387-2209