A trio of top-notch pianists, all graduate students at the University of Arizona School of Music, will take up the fourth installment of Dove of Peace Lutheran Church’s multiyear Beethoven sonata project on Sunday.
The trio — Japanese-born pianist Aika Tatebe, Taiwanese pianist Chia-Chun Ko and Bulgarian pianist Elena Miraztchiyska — will explore a sonata from each of Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods.
Beethoven wrote 32 sonatas between 1795 and 1822 — five years before his death at 56. His early period was heavily influenced by his predecessors Haydn and Mozart. The middle period, when his deafness was setting in, brought about his heroic works including Symphonies No. 3 through No. 8, the Kreutzer violin sonata and his only opera, “Fidelio.”
In his late period, Beethoven, now fully deaf to the point that he communicated by writing notes, was more intellectually inclined, including his last five string quartets, the Ninth Symphony and one of his greatest works, The Missa Solemnis.
On Sunday, Tatebe will perform Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major. Ko will take on the challenge of No. 13 in E-flat major while Miraztchiyska will conclude the program with No. 30 in E major.
The concert begins at 2 p.m. at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to benefit Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence.
The Dove of Peace concert series, curated by the church’s music director Eric Holtan, raises money for local charities.
Holtan also is music director and founder of the Tucson Chamber Artists professional choir.