David Evans, pianist, appears in recital. Holmes Hall, North House, 8 p.m.
Pianist Ruth Pergament performs selections by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt and Schumann. Winthrop Junior Common Room, 8:30 p.m.
Annual 1812 Overture sightreading and performance. Would-be musicians should bring stands. Spectators welcomed, even encouraged. Lowell House courtyard, 2 p.m. rehearsal and 3 p.m. performance.
Music for Voice and Piano performed by Shelley Sampson and Timothy McFarland. Works of Caldara, Debussy, Schumann, Chopin and Ravel. Cabot Hall, South House, 8 p.m.
Baroque Music for soprano, violin and continuo done by Carol Magenau, soprano; Stephen Hefling, violin; Nancy Rich, cello; and Lenora McCroskey, harpsichord. Appleton Chapel, Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, 4 p.m.
Max Sung, piano and Mitch Ash, tenor appear in a concert of songs in English and German. Adams House Lower Common Room, 8:30 p.m.
Recital of English Songs performed by John Major, guitar; David Cohen, baritone; Jennifer Nields, piano. Leverett House Junior Common Room, 8:30 p.m.
Tenor Alan Keyes, accompanied on the piano by Gait Sirguey, will present pieces by Schubert, Gounod and Vaughan-Williams. Winthrop JCR 3 p.m.
The Annual 1812 Overture blast should attract throngs into a fully-bloomed Lowell House Courtyard this Sunday afternoon. Lowell tower the only shrine in the country housing real Russian bells, is reportedly one of the prime reasons that the tradition began there almost three decades ago. The group which organizes the event anticipates that this year no one who wants to play or listen will be turned away--they are stocked with parts for up to 20 ambitious bass drummers and scores of flutists.
Not that the one-hour-before-showtime rehearsal will help much, but all those who want to blow their horns should show up at 2 p.m., because the instrumental parts are surprisingly challenging.
Richard M. Nixon, the same guy who named "Patton" as his favorite movie, named the 1812 as his favorite piece of classical music. Not surprising, given his predilection for the militaristic. Ironically, the piece was written during a lull in national spirit, and commemorates the battle in which Napoleon was defeated on the outskirts of Moscow. Traces of the Marseilles fade out, the Russian national anthem creeps in, canons go off (at Lowell, a policeman generally shoots a rifle into a garbage can)--all culminating in the peals of jubilation emanating from those vibrant bells of the Moscow churches.