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In History's Shadow: Forgotten Female Virtuosi

Juliana Soltis and Sylvia BerryA child prodigy. A brilliant performer championed by Haydn. An entertainer of tzars and kings. The stories are familiar, but the names are not: though Hélène Liebmann, Marianna von Auenbrugger, and Maria Szymanowska were celebrated in their day, history marginalized their music. Rediscover the dazzling works of these forgotten virtuosi.

Passionately devoted to telling the forgotten stories of classical music, cellist Juliana Soltis tours the globe as both soloist and chamber musician. Acclaimed for her deeply affecting performances––"never did one think the heart could be so moved"––Juliana seeks to empower audiences to forge meaningful connections with historical music. www.julianasoltis.com

Lauded for the "verve and vitality" of her interpretations, forte pianist Sylvia Berry performs domestically and abroad as chamber musician and soloist. A champion of historical keyboard instruments and keen scholar of music's sociological context, Sylvia is the founder of The Berry Collective: an ensemble playing works from Schobert to Schubert. www.sylviaberry.org

Juliana Soltis, historical cello
Sylvia Berry, fortepiano



Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a jury of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

Time: 1:15-2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.