Brys to Give Cello Concert Jan. 25

January 12, 1996

by Richard Veit

Thaddeus Brys, professor emeritus of cello and chamber music at Louisiana State University, will perform a recital at 8 p. m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in Roxy Grove Hall, located on the campus of Baylor University. Accompanied by his wife, pianist Susan Brys, his program will include music by Boccherini, Cassadó, and Grieg.
Opening the recital will be the Cello Sonata in C Major by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), an Italian virtuoso who lived most of his productive life in Spain.
Spanish cellist and composer Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966) was far less prolific than Boccherini, but his works remain as important staples of today's cello repertoire. The Cello Sonata is a musical portrait of his native country-a suite of four dances based on the distinctive and familiar rhythms of Spain.
The greatest of all Norwegian composers, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), wrote surprisingly little chamber music, and, of these, just two were scored for cello and piano-the Intermezzo of 1867 and the Cello Sonata of 1883. The Sonata was written for his brother, John Grieg, who was a Leipzig-trained concert cellist. It is typical of the composer's passionate, emotional style, exhibiting elements of folk-like simplicity contrasted with strong romantic outbursts.
A native New Yorker, Thaddeus Brys studied at the Mannes College of Music and at The Juilliard School of Music. He coached with the legendary Pablo Casals in France and played for his master classes in Marlboro, Vt. He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.
Brys' recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.