Classical Concerts: Cellist Geirprúõur Anna Guõmundsdóttir and Pianist Luis Ortiz

Setzer Foundation Auditorium

Sunday, December 12, 2021
3 PM

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Cellist Geirthrudur Gudmundsdottir and pianist Luis Ortiz perform an exuberant and energetic program of cello sonatas. Opening the concert is the seldom heard Sonata for Piano and Cello in F Major Op. 5/1 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Written early in the composer’s life, this sonata has all the flair and ease of youth and gives us a more innocent picture of this famously stormy composer. The centerpiece of this concert is the Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor by Claude Debussy. The most famous composer of the French Impressionists, Debussy’s cello sonata pairs beautifully with the Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens exhibition, illustrating the composers deftness at drawing forth subtle and unusual colors from each of the instruments, his experimentation with form, and his bold use of harmony. His music forms wonderful counterpoint to the expressive works of his Impressionistic contemporaries. The final piece on the program is the grand Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major by Johannes Brahms. By turns bold and powerful, introverted and wistful, this sonata explores the full spectrum of emotion and color. These three sonatas complement each other remarkably well in character, and also in key areas since the opening and closing sonatas are both in F Major and the middle work is in the closely related key of D Minor. Each work brings a different timbre and energy to the program and yet are united by a similar tonality and form.

Geirthrudur and Luis have been duo partners since starting their collaboration together at The Juilliard School in 2018. They both hold master’s degrees from the institution and have performed together across New York City. Luis is a native of Peru and serves as a collaborative pianist at The Juilliard School, while Geirthrudur is a member of the Terra Quartet and performs regularly in the United States and her home country of Iceland.


$10 for members
$10 for students/youth (limited amount)
$20 for nonmembers

Changes have been made in the museum to ensure a safe and healthy visit. As we bring back in-person programming, we have reduced the attendance capacity of our performances and programs to assure that we can be physically distant, while also socially connected. Protective face coverings are required for staff and all visitors over the age of two while inside the Museum and in the Setzer Auditorium. Vaccinated performers will not be required to wear masks, and vocalists on stage will be stationed 10ft or more from the general audience.

For the most up-to-date Museum safety protocol, please visit our Visitor Information page.

Image credit: From Geirprúõur Anna Guõmundsdóttir's website.


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