The Coles County Arts Council is pleased to present a concert of music for viola and piano on January 7, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth Street, in Charleston, Illinois. Violist Elaine Fine and pianist John David Moore will play rarely-heard works from the late 19th century and early 20th century by the Russian composer Sergei Vasilenko, the English composer York Bowen, and the French composer Maurice Ravel.

Sergei Vasilenko (1872-1956) was born into an aristocratic Russian family and came of age in the 1890s, during a time of great artistic freedom in Russia. He began teaching at the Moscow Conservatory in 1906, and was a member of a circle of friends that included Glazunov, Balakirev, Chaliapin, and Stanislavsky. He wrote his Viola Sonata in 1923 for the great Russian violist Vadim Borisovsky.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) wrote the "Sonata Posthume" in 1895 while he was a student at the Paris Conservatoire. The manuscript was discovered long after his death, and published in 1975. The work was intended for violin and piano, and Elaine Fine transcribed it for viola and piano in 2017.

York Bowen (1884-1961) wrote his Second Viola Sonata in 1905, while he was a student at the London Royal Academy of Music. He premiered the work in 1906 with the great British violist Lionel Tertis. Bowen, who wrote in an expressive romantic style all of his life, was sometimes referred to as the "English Chopin" or the "English Rachmaninoff."

Local musician, teacher, and composer Elaine Fine studied at Julliard, and often plays with orchestras in Champaign and at EIU as well as helping lead the annual Summer Strings music camp here in Charleston. John David Moore is a retired professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, and was the pianist of the Eastern Trio during the 1990s. He and Ms. Fine have been playing concerts together for 18 years.

Admission to the concert is free, and all are welcome.


  • Occurred Sunday, January 7th, 2018 @ 2:30 pm


Wesley United Methodist Church

2206 Fourth St.
Charleston, IL

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