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Saturday, August 11, 2018 // 1:00pm

Summer Works in Progress Series: Barbara Browne and Shelia Browne, Classical Musicians

Free and open to the public

Summer Works in Progress Series
Featuring Barbara Browne and Sheila Browne
Classical Musicians, Rachmaninoff's Sonata in G Minor for Viola and Piano

Please join Barbara Browne and Sheila Browne, pianist and violist, for Rachmaninoff's infrequently performed Sonata in G Minor, one of his few compositions of chamber music.


Rachmaninoff's Sonata in G Minor for Viola and Piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G Minor for Viola and Piano, originally for the cello and piano, was written per the request of his friend, Russian cellist Anatoliy Brandukov; it first performed by them in Moscow in 1901. The Sonata was one of the pieces Rachmaninoff produced after a long period of depression marked by writers' block, brought on by the disastrous reception of his Symphony No. 1 in 1897. After a course of hypnotherapy with Russian physician Nikolai Dahl in 1900, Rachmaninoff wrote his enduring Piano Concerto No. 2, along with the Sonata. While Piano Concerto No. 2 remains well-known, it is the Sonata which is treasured for being Rachmaninoff's last, and perhaps greatest, piece of his rare chamber music.


Pianist BARBARA BROWNE teaches piano at Cabrini University and coaches and accompanies voice students at Westminster Choir College, Rider University and The University of the Arts. She performs as soloist, chamber musician and collaborator with singers and instrumentalists. Her teachers include Eleanor Sokoloff in Philadelphia and Robert McDonald at Oberlin College Conservatory.


Violist SHEILA BROWNE is an accomplished international soloist, chamber musician and educator who has performed in major halls on six continents. She is viola professor at the University of Delaware and has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of St Louis- Missouri, and New York, Duke and Tennessee universities. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she studied with Karen Tuttle and Kim Kashkashian. Her website is



Please join us!

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 1:00pm


Third Floor Shanis Programming Space

Philadelphia Art Alliance at UArts

251 S. 18th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103