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Charles River Sinfonietta free duo recital on March 22

MILLIS - The Charles River Sinfonietta will perform on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Millis Public Library. The recital is free and open to the public. The Charles River Sinfonietta will also host free chamber music concerts on June 21 and June 28 at 6:30 p.m. 

The March duo recital will feature Jacob Litoff on violin and Michael Simmons on viola performing works by Handel/Halvorsen, Johannes Wenzeslaus  Kalliwoda, James Niblock, and Mozart. The Handel/Halvorsen piece is a Passacaglia with many variations on a theme that came from the final movement of Handel’s Harpsichord suite in G minor. James Niblock composed this violin/viola duo sonata in 2008, ten years before he passed away at the age of 100. It is a beautiful piece that needs to become well known. Johannes Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda composed this duo opus 208, the first of two duos he wrote for violin and viola, near the end of the 44 years he spent working for Prince Karl Egon II of Furstenberg in Germany in the early 19th century. 

Mozart’s duo K. 423 is the first of two great violin/viola duos he composed in Vienna in 1783.