Jonathan Aceto, known so well to us as a fine violinist (with two previous Hill and Hollow concerts in 1998 and 2005), used his artist retreat to hone his viola skills.Â He prepared and performed a full program for viola, to be reprised in Maine and at Georgia Southern University, where he has served on the faculty for 12 years. The principal featured work was a transcription of J. S. Bachâ€™s 3rd Suite for Cello in D Major, an eternal masterpiece. Jonathanâ€™s brilliant idea (and it worked beautifully!) was to separate the movements out andÂ juxtapose them with works from other periods.Â Those works included movements from Schubertâ€™s Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano (1824), Rebecca Clarkeâ€™s Viola Sonata (1919), and Alan Hovhanessâ€™s Chahagir (1944). The excellent pianist Susan Aceto, Jonathanâ€™s mother, partnered him on a portion of the program â€“ the Schubert and Clarke.Â The audience demanded an encore and Jonathan obliged with Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Farewell. Here is a link to view a bit of the concert, which took place on June 29 at the Saranac Methodist Church. http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicApAceto
During his residency Jonathan also performed a special generous act in leading an intensive two-day string workshop for players of all ages and abilities – there were 11 participants from Champlain to Crown Point and from Lake Placid to Plattsburgh – a large geographical area!Â String programs in our schools are an endangered species, making Jonathanâ€™s service all the more precious to our community.