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David Finckel and Wu Han


David Finckel and Wu Han

David Finckel/Wu Han: Duo share history of chamber music 

David Finckel and Wu Han
Photo by Christian Steiner

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, who are in high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College. 

Tickets, which are $38 and $28, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at 

Dr. Paul Laird, a professor of musicology at the University of Kansas, will provide a pre-show talk at 7 p.m. in the Polsky Theatre, located adjacent to Yardley. 

Through cello and piano duos spanning nearly a quarter of a millennium, Finckel and Han will take listeners through the extraordinary evolution of classical music in a program titled, The Unfolding of Music

Beginning with Bach's vibrant sonata for the viola da gamba and harpsichord – the ancestors of the cello and piano – the program transitions seamlessly to Beethoven's experimental sonata; then to Mendelssohn, who paved the way for full-blown romanticism; to Debussy, universally regarded as the inspiration for musical modernism, and to Englishman Benjamin Britten, a composer who ranks with the greatest of the 20th Century. Britten's sonata employs innovative ideas in each of its five short movements. 

Here's the program:

Bach Sonata in G Major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1027
Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1
Mendelssohn Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58
Debussy Sonata in D minor
Britten Sonata in C

The duo's repertoire spans virtually the entire literature for cello and piano, with an equal emphasis on the classics and contemporary music. The two, who are husband and wife, appear each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Far East and Europe. They also are artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.