Festival Chamber Music presents American Premiere of Dohnanyi work - May 3, 2006


Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in G Major, K. 564
Piano Quartet in F Sharp Minor (American Premier)
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in A Minor

Richard O’Neill, viola
Ruth Sommers, cello
Katie Lansdale, violin
Theodore Arm, violin
David Oei, piano


DATE: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 8 pm
TICKETS: $25 in advance, $28 at the door
VENUE: Merkin Hall (Abraham Goodman House) 129 W 67th St
MORE INFO: Call (212) 678-6970 or visit


When Ruth Sommers, Director of Festival Chamber Music, heard that the manuscript of an unpublished Dohnanyi piano quartet was in the British Library, she immediately contacted the Library. Ms. Sommers said, “We all love Dohnanyi’s music and we were thrilled about the prospect of finding a unknown work by this very important composer.” She was told that in order for the Library to send a photocopy of the manuscript, she had to get permission from the Dohnanyi Estate. Ms. Sommers contacted Sean McGlynn, the administrator of the Dohnanyi estate.

Sean McGlynn’s grandmother was Dohnanyi’s third wife. Officially, Dohnanyi adopted Sean McGlynn’s mother. However there is some evidence that his mother was actually Dohnanyi’s biological daughter. Dr. McGlynn, who is an environmental scientist in Tallahassee, FL, lives in the house that Dohnanyi lived in when he taught at Florida State University from 1949 until his death at 82 in 1960.

Dr. McGlynn informed Ms. Sommers that the Piano Quartet in F Sharp Minor, which Dohnanyi wrote when he was fourteen years old, had never been played in the United States. “Everyone connected with the Dohnanyi estate is very excited that the first American performance of this beautiful piece will be played by such an outstanding ensemble”, Dr. McGlynn said. Quite coincidentally, Thomas Cimarusti, a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, is working on publishing the first edition of this work.

Festival Chamber Music will present the American Premiere of Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Piano Quartet in F Sharp Minor on May 3rd at 8pm at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. The pre-eminent Dohnanyi scholar, James Grymes and Sean McGlynn will be speaking about the composer and this work at the concert.

The program also includes the Mozart Piano Quartet in G Major, K. 564 and the Ravel Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in A Minor. The performers include Richard O’Neill, viola, Ruth Sommers, cello, Katie Lansdale, violin, Theodore Arm, violin, and David Oei, piano.

The audience is invited to meet the artists at a champagne party following the concert. Individual tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. For programs, tickets and additional information about the concerts please call (212) 678-6970 or visit the website at

If you would like more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Ruth Sommers, Director of Festival Chamber Music, call 212-678-6970 or email

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