She'll play her favorite Mozart sonata with pianist Hanna Shields, a close friend and colleague, with whom she's performed the piece many times. Schubert's Notturno, with Shields and cellist Mary Ann Ramos, another longtime friend and colleague, and Dvorak's Romance in F Minor, are new to Doudna. She says that playing them will help her create new happy memories. Completing the program will be Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat, for which Doudna has assembled a remarkable group of musicians, all friends she's played with for years. They include Annie Fullard, first violinist of the Cavani String Quartet and formerly one of Doudna's fellow teachers in Itzhak Perlman's music program (Perlman himself no stranger to overcoming great challenges and playing music), as well as three members of the acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet.
Come hear Doudna at KCH on June 16th. You will see and hear great music making and witness the inspirational and healing power of friendship and music.
[Originally published in June, 2013.]