Duo F.A.E.

Charlene Kluegel, violin

Katherine Petersen, piano


September 15, 2021

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Florence Price (1887-1953) – Three Spirituals for Violin and Piano (1933) (9’)

I. O Holy Lord

II. Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child

III. Lord, I Want to be a Christian

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 (1879) (27’)

I. Vivace, ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Allegro molto moderato

In 2012, Duo F.A.E. was co-founded by violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katherine Petersen who had become close friends, having met at the Aspen Music Festival several years prior. The duo takes its name from the motto of virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim and composer Johannes Brahms “Frei Aber Einsam” meaning “Free but Alone.” The duo brought new meaning to this motto, doing all of their rehearsing and concertizing while living in Canada and the U.S. respectively at the inception of the ensemble. Duo F.A.E. has performed extensively across Canada and the U.S. and their combined forces as a duo have been described as having “tackled all with unsentimental verve, musical feeling and great technical skill.” (George Grella, New York Classical Review)  The duo seeks to present concerts that feature chamber music in its rawest form by joining two voices into one.

From giving her debut recital of a mostly Chopin program at age twelve to performing some of George Crumb’s most monumental chamber and solo works at the Crumb Festival, a 90th birthday celebration of the famed composer, pianist Katherine Petersen embraces a wide array of piano repertoire. She has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune for having “captured the sense of wonder” and was lauded at her Carnegie Hall debut for creating “real music-making– concentrated and deeply felt” by Edith Eisler of Strings Magazine. Petersen has nurtured a strong career in chamber music, as she believes in its ability to foster more meaningful performances by reflecting the intricacies of human interaction. In the past, Petersen has served as core pianist for Fifth House Ensemble and she has been a staff collaborative pianist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Killington Music Festival. Petersen is currently on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, and her Master’s and Doctorate at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University with principal teachers Jonathan Bass, Vivian Weilerstein and Sara Laimon. 

Hailed as a chamber musician and soloist “with aplomb” by the Chicago Classical Review, violinist Charlene Kluegel is known for her versatile artistry in historical performance practice and cutting edge new music. As a GRAMMY-nominated artist, Kluegel’s career centers around chamber music in all collaborative facets including as former core violinist of Fifth House Ensemble and with Jason Vieaux,  members of the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Cuarteto Casals. After a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, she received her Master’s degree from the Peabody Institute, and her Doctorate from Indiana University under teachers Pamela Frank, Jorja Fleezanis, Susan Waterbury, and Monika Urbaniak-Lisik. She currently serves on faculty at Carthage College and the Music Institute of Chicago, where she also heads the Chamber Music Program. Charlene Kluegel is honored to receive string sponsorship from Larsen Strings A/S of Denmark.

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Don’t miss the Aero Saxophone Quartet 

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Wednesday September 22, 12:15pm

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