Violinist to play Dec. 10 in Carmel Valley library’s free program


December’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the library’s community room.

Violinist Eileen Wingard will discuss Beethoven’s life and music, and play his Sonata No. 7 for Piano and Violin with pianist Monique Kunewalder. The program will last 45 minutes.

Wingard attended UCLA and the Hochschule fuer Musik in Stuttgart, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. She taught instrumental music at a junior high in Los Angeles, and then played in the Pasadena Orchestra from 1950 to 1966 and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra from 1967 to 2004. She writes for an online newspaper, gives lecture-recitals, and teaches violin and viola.

Monique Kunewalder attended the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., and with the help of two Austrian piano teachers won several East Coast competitions. She played with Arthur Fiedler and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at age 12. She went on to study at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. Her graduate work was at the University of Geneva and the Geneva Conservatory of Music, with additional studies at Indiana University.

The library is at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. Call 858-552-1668.