An Afternoon of Duo Piano Music


Van Vleck House & Gardens
Cali School of Music Present:
"An Afternoon of Duo Piano Music"

Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck House & Gardens
Montclair, NJ 07042

A new community collaboration by Van Vleck House & Gardens and the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University announced its first public recital, a performance by a piano duo from Italy on Sunday, October 7, at 2:00 pm. The concert will be held at Van Vleck House, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair.

The program of four-hand piano music, featuring Cristina Frosini and Massimiliano Baggio, will present works of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. This event is made possible by Montclair State University's Global Education Center. It inaugurates a new series of performances at Van Vleck featuring faculty and student musicians associated with the Cali School.

Van Vleck House & Gardens has long been a center of arts and music resources for the Montclair community, and the Montclair Foundation (the owner of the Van Vleck property) has long provided support for a number of arts activities.

The recital is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. Reserved seating is available by contacting 973-744-4752 or Seating is limited.

The members of this world-class piano duo are on the faculty of Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Italy, a partner institution of the Cali School of Music. The duo will perform Brahms' own four-hand transcription of his celebrated String Sextet, Op. 18. They will also perform an arrangement of Schumann's Piano Quartet, Op. 47, which Brahms lovingly transcribed for piano four-hands.

Ms. Frosini and Mr. Baggio have played as a piano duo since 1975. They studied at the Verdi Conservatory of Milan and did advanced musical studies with Sergio Fiorentino, attending master classes at Città di Castello with Antonio Ballista and at Fiesole with Maureen Jones and Dario de Rosa.

Together they have appeared in hundreds of concerts, including orchestral appearances, recitals, and radio and television recordings, and they have released recordings on Sarx Records. They are the only Italian artists to perform the complete works of Franz Schubert for piano four-hands.

They have won many international awards, including the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition 1982 in Vercelli and the 1986 International Competition Concorso Sergio Lorenzi in Trieste.

In 1996, they made their debut at Milan's renowned Teatro alla Scala. In 2000, the musical magazine "Amadeus" published a CD on which they played music by Franz Schubert for piano duo.

Van Vleck House & Gardens is owned by The Montclair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization supporting non-profits in our community. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic Van Vleck property for public enrichment, and horticultural education and research. Continuing the Van Vleck family's commitment to the community, the house serves as a center for non-profit events and is home to several New Jersey foundations. The gardens are open to the public daily. For more information about our education programs, volunteer opportunities, workshops and events, please visit our website at