One of New York City’s premiere violin virtuosi, Yuko Naito-Gotay, is the featured performer in “Romantika,” a concert of dramatic and compelling music from the height of the Romantic Period. Ms. Naito-Gotay will be accompanied on organ and piano by her long-time chamber music partner, Sean McCarthy, Derry Church’s Director of Music.
The concert is part of the church’s 2017-18 Arts Alive Cultural Series. A free-will offering will be received. Handicapped parking and an elevator are available.
The music of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger will be featured on the first half of the concert program. A celebrated organist and teacher, he was one of the few composers of his day to skillfully pair the melodious voice of the solo violin with the rich sonority of the organ. The result is music that is both emotionally expressive and utterly charming.
For the second half of the program, Ms. Naito-Gotay will take the audience to 19th century Paris, and César Franck’s magnificent Sonata for Violin and Piano. One of the great masterpieces of the Romantic Period, it combines sublime melodic lyricism with passionate virtuosity of the highest caliber.
Yuko Naito-Gotay, a native of Tokyo, has performed with leading orchestras including The New York City Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The New York Pops, Westchester Philharmonic, The Springfield Symphony and The Harrisburg Symphony. In recent years her performance work has expanded to Broadway shows such as Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Dear Evan Hansen and War Paint, where she serves as the regular violinist.
A graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Mrs. Naito-Gotay holds advanced degrees from Yale and the Manhattan School of Music.