When the Kirkland family resided at Ayr Mount in the mid 19th-century, their 1797 Broadwood Grand pianoforte was at the center of family gatherings, filling the West Parlor with music that would float throughout the house. On September 19th, Keiko Sekino and Andrea Edith Moore, along with the original Kirkland pianoforte, once again brought music to Ayr Mount’s West Parlor, furnished with beautiful early 19th-century classical furniture, sculpture and paintings. Additionally, the 1797 pianoforte, similar to the one used by Beethoven, was recently restored for this concert.
Opening with Sonata in A minor, K. 310 (i. Allegro maestoso),Keiko Sekino began with her deft handling of Mozart’s emotional work. This opening piano solo set a high mark that continued for the remainder of the program. In the second set, Ms. Sekino was joined by soprano, Andrea Edith Moore, for a selection of Franz Schubert that took the audience on a journey through time and place, and beautifully evoked a sense of romance.
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Ms. Sekino’s second solo was another Shubert work, Impromptu in G flat major, D.899 No. 3, followed by a serene hymn-like song. Ms. Moore and Ms. Sekino then reunited for some traditional Irish and Scottish melodies: The Salley Gardens, The Last Rose of Summer and the perfectly rendered Danny Boy. In the final set, Ms. Moore again displayed her warm and melodious voice through beloved songs of Stephen Foster (1826-1864) such as Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair and Oh, Susannah! Ms. Sekino’s impressive range was showcased during this transition to the quick and playful tunes of Stephen Foster.
The audience at Broadwood Ayr was moved by Ms. Sekino’s and Ms. Moore’s exceptional performances! Between the two concerts, guests were served champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace. This memorable concert was the perfect way to bring music back to Ayr Mount.
Click here to watch an excerpt from the concert: Keiko Sekino playing Mozart‘s Sonata in A minor, K.310.