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      William Cernota, cello & Eric Weimer, piano

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      Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestral member, cellist William Cernota with veteran Lyric Opera pianist Eric Wiemer present a program of Grieg, Janacek, Kodaly and Barber.

      Sonata in A Minor for Violoncello and Piano (Op. 36), Edvard Grieg
      Allegro agitato
      Andante molto tranquillo
      Allegro; Allegro molto e marcato

      Pohadka (a tale) for Violoncello and Piano, Leos Janacek
      Con moto Con moto Allegro

      Sonata, Op. 4 for Violoncello and Piano, Zoltan Kodaly
      Fantasia: Adagio di molto
      Allegro con spirito

      Sonata, Op. 6 for Violoncello and Piano, Samuel Barber
      Allegro ma non troppo
      Allegro appassionato


      William H. Cernota, Cello

      Hometown: Berwyn, Illinois
      Joined Lyric Orchestra in 1982

      Education: University of Chicago: BA Biology, BA Ideas & Methods (Philosophy with an outside discipline); University of Illinois at Chicago: Master of Engineering (Bioinformatics); Aspen Summer Music School on scholarship; Chicago Civic Orchestra as Principal Cellist; private cello lessons with Gordon Ludtke, Alois Trnka, Raya, Garbousova, Frank Miller, Karl Fruh, and Daniel Morganstern


      Eric Weimer

      A veteran of over 30 years at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Eric Weimer has coached over 100 Lyric productions, as well as an additional 100 productions in other international houses, including the Metropolitan Opera and the Bayreuth Festival. Renowned particularly for his expertise in German opera, he has prepared no less than 13 different productions of Wagner’s epic Ringcycle. Active also as recitalist and conductor, he has worked with most of the leading singers and conductors of the past generation.

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