The audience “cheered to the echo” when the piece was completed, and the performance had to be repeated.During the encore, the thrill was heightened when the manuscript fell from Maud’s music stand, but “the beautiful thread of melody moved on and on, for Miss Powell had made it her own in every sense.” In a letter dated December 6, 1893, Powell thanked Beach for the “dainty, artistic edition” of the “charming Romanza,” which she had received the day before and continued to perform that season. She wrote: “Our meeting in Chicago and the pleasure of playing together made a most delightful episode in my Summer’s experience.”
There was “cheering to the echo” in Staunton, too, when violinist Rachell Wong, joined by Heifetz faculty pianist Carlos Avila helped to kick off our 20th Anniversary Season last June with a breathtaking outdoor performance of a work by American composer Amy Cheney Beach: The Romance for violin and piano, premiered in the summer of 1893 at a blustery outdoor concert in Chicago by the preeminent violinist Maud Powell, with the composer at the piano. Read more about the piece here, and marvel below at the rapt silence as Rachell and Carlos recreate the legendary meeting between two female musical pioneers. And mark your calendar for June 24th, when we return to Sunspots Pavilion in Staunton for our Opening Concert & Convocation – that start to another summer of musical memories in the unique Heifetz way!