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Public is Invited to Attend Free February 3 "Schubertiade" Afternoon of Music at Riderwood

January 18, 2012

Public is Invited to Attend Free February 3 "Riderwood Schubertiade: An Afternoon With the Music of Franz Schubert"
SILVER SPRING, MD (January 18, 2012) -- The public is invited to attend "Riderwood Schubertiade: An Afternoon With the Music of Franz Schubert" featuring live performances by Joan Eisner, Pianist; Paul Forbes, Baritone; Henry Plotkin, Violist; and Elizabeth White, Pianist; on Friday, February 3, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., in the Chapel at Riderwood, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD. The free event's program, will include:
Deux Marches Caracteristiques: Piano Duet in C Major  
Opus 121 in C Major
Standchen: Schwanengesang
Who is Sylvia?
Ave Maria
Sonata for Viola and Piano: The Arpeggione in A Minor
Allegro Moderato
Marche Militaire in D Major Piano Duet
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About the Performers:
Joan Eisner  is a new resident of Riderwood.  She received  her piano training at the Third Street Music School in Manhattan.  She performed in Town Hall and in Steinway Hall in New York, and is a member of the Friday Morning Music Club.
Paul Forbes is a classically trained baritone who performs  frequently on the Riderwood campus and throughout the Washington, D.C.,  Metropolitan Area.  His repertoire consists of both classical and popular  music.  As one musical authority has written, "His mastery of all the genres is complete and remarkable for a singer of any age."
Henry Plotkin worked for NASA as a research physicist for 35 years and then taught at the University of Maryland for 12 years.  Music has always been a major part of his life, and since he came to Riderwood  he has been playing his violin with the campus' in-house chamber group and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
Elizabeth White  holds bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance from the New England Conservatory.  She has played with  the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Boston Pops Orchestras.  She performs regularly at Riderwood and for the Friday Morning Music Club.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828), one of the greatest Western composers, died at the age of 31 without ever receiving the public recognition and financial success that he so richly deserved.  However he had many fans who appreciated his music.  They would gather from time to time in an intimate setting to hear the young genius perform his works.  These Schubertiades were usually held in Vienna at the homes of wealthier friends, and would culminate in conversation and refreshment.