Brothers to perform classics at Alajuela museum tonight

The Irrera Brothers

American classically trained brothers Joseph and John Irrera will give a piano and violin recital tonight at the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría in Alajuela.

The concert will conclude the III Temporada Internacional de Piano series. Pianist Joseph and Violinist John will play Beethoven’s “Violin and Piano Sonata G major, Op. 96 “and Prokofiev’s “Violin and Piano Sonata in D Major, Op. 94, ” said Wong Yong Lee, series coordinator.

“We are honored to have them here. This is a highly respected duo in United States. It’s not very often that music duos come to the country, which is why this presentation will be a great experience for the Costa Rican public,” she said.

Ms. Yong opened the piano series with a recital. Other guests included Jacqueline Leung of Hong Kong and Dzmitry Ulasiuk of Belarus.

She described the overall series as “a success, since we had a wide variety of artists and great assistance.”

The Irreras have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Eastman Theatre. They have appeared internationally in France, Germany, and Italy.

According to the duo’s biography, their musical journey began at age 5. At age 11, after showing advanced talent, they enrolled in Eastman School of Music’s Pre-College Division. Both continued their university education at Eastman School of Music, earning a bachelors degree in performance.

Currently they are doctoral candidates and faculty at the same school.

This will be the third stop in the Irrera Brothers’ Costa Rican tour that began Aug. 16. Previously the two played in Cartago and Heredia.

The performance will start at 12:10 p.m., in the Auditorio Juan Rafael Mora of the museum. Admission is 1,000 colons. Those interested can call 2221-5341 for reservations.

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