February 18, 2024
Hillét Botha, piano
Jubal Joslyn, tenor
Cathryn Wilkinson, organ
Moonlight Sonata, first movement……….Ludwig van Beethoven
Liebesträume (Dreams of Love)……….Franz Liszt
18th Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini……….Sergei Rachmaninoff
Nocturne, Opus 72, Nr.1……….Frédéric Chopin
Welcome to pianist Hillét Botha! Her musical selections are some of the best known and best loved in the solo piano repertoire, beginning with the first great works for the modern piano by Beethoven and Chopin in the early 19th century. A few decades later, the piano had become common in most well-to-do households and large-scale concert works by Liszt and Schumann drew large crowds all across Europe. The legacy of great works for the piano continued in the 20th century with compositions by Rachmaninoff, hailing from Russia, but also making his mark all across the United States as a conductor and solo pianist.
Hillét was born and raised in South Africa. She started piano at eight years of age and received a Bachelor’s of Music at the University of Pretoria. She continued her musical studies at New England Conservatory in Boston where she received a Master’s of Music in piano performance in 2000. Hillét teaches piano at Santa Catalina school and in her private studio in Carmel. She enjoys accompanying various instruments, voice, and choirs on the Peninsula.