"...her lucid introduction, simple but without condescension, to Messiaen's "Premiere Communion de la Vierge," which she played with manifest care and appreciation. It can hardly be doubted that the audience's enjoyment of the piece (and of the Walker sonata) was enhanced by the verbal preview, and the ability to explain and play good music is no mean gift."

- Will Crutchfield, New York Times


The unique "Performance Plus!" thematic programs feature Fredericka King speaking informally about composers, their lives and musical-historical times, and the works she will perform. Her hope is to have listeners feel welcomed to Classical music rather than intimidated by it.


Extensively knowledgeable in Classical and American music, history and art, she is highly articulate and skillfully balances serious musical information with personal observations as a performing artist. Many concert-goers have expressed delight and appreciation after these programs, mentioning how much the introductions increased their awareness and enjoyment of the music as they listened. They also valued Ms.Kings enthusiasm and open manner, as she presented the information with clarity, in terms they could understand without feeling patronized.


Programs


Dancing on the Keyboard
J. S. Bach - dances from the Partitas and Suites.


How Many Ways Can you Say the Same Thing?
J. S. Bach - an introduction to the great Goldberg Variations.


Keyboard Acrobatics
D. Scarlatti - technically challenging (and fun) early keyboard sonatas...


Two Sides of a Coin
W. A. Mozart
Elegance Personified: introduction to the sonatas, variations and concertos.
Twinkle, Twinkle: entertaining variations on a nursery rhyme.


Poetry and Passion
Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.


Impressionism: Painting with Sound
Music of Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy - music imitates art.


Cherish the Ladies
Women composers Baroque era to the 20th century:
Marianne Martinez, Cecile Chaminade, Clara Schumann,
Amy Beach, Florence Price and Margaret Bonds.


The Americans
Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, George Gershwin,
Aaron Copland, Scott Joplin and William Bolcom.


I, too Sing America
Works of Black American composers in the Classical tradition:
Louis Moreau Gottschalk, R. Nathaniel Dett, John W. Work,
William Grant Still, and George Walker.