The Duality DuoDuets for violin and viola with Natalka Kytasty and Judith Coker

November 20th, 6:15-7:30 pm in the Community Room

Natalka Kytasty, violin and Judith Coker, viola will perform duets that span almost 300 years of work written especially for that combination. With classical pieces by Mozart, Handel, Halvorsen and Martinu, the fundamental relationship between these two instruments will be celebrated. The artists will also perform three ragtime pieces by William Ryden, who passed away last year. This celebrated composer, from New York, has even written for a PBS children’s show, “Electric Company”. His work includes vocal, choral, chamber and orchestral music. His “Concerto in Ragtime” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Natalka Kytasty, violin, received her Master’s degree at the Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Ukraine. She played with the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, TV and Radio Symphony. Since immigrating to the United States, she has performed with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Baja California, Lyric Opera Of San Diego and the Kensington Piano Trio.

Judith Coker, viola, earned a Master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She has been a member of the Calgary Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, and the San Diego Symphony and Opera Orchestra. She served on the faculty at the Francis Parker School and is now teaching at a private studio for violin and viola.


George Frideric Handel Germany 1685-1759

Duo No. 1 in G Major, K 423
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria 1756-1791

Passacaglia (based on a work by Handel)
Johan Halvorsen Norway 1864-1935

Three Madrigals, H. 313
Poco Allegro
Poco Andante
Bohuslav Martinu Czech Republic 1890-1959

Three Rags
Allegro con spirito
Allegro ben ritmato
William Ryden United States 1939-2018