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Jonathan Biss (man sits in a sparcly decorated room)
Benjamin Ealovega

For the past decade, Jonathan Biss has immersed himself in the music of Beethoven, especially the piano sonatas, solidifying his place as one of the renowned interpreters of the composer’s music.

With his original performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center having been curtailed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Biss has carefully curated a special program recorded live from his home in NYC that is exclusive to the Saratoga Springs audience. He will guide viewers through an exploration of Beethoven’s prolific sonatas for solo piano including a performance of two of his favorite works as part of SPAC's Beethoven 2020 celebration.

Conrad Tao
Brantley Gutierrez

Pianist Conrad Tao made his Tanglewood debut as soloist and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G in August 2019. Now on Saturday, August 15, at 8 p.m., he will perform as part of the Great Performers in Recital at Tanglewood online series.

Known as a composer as well as a pianist, Tao will show the breadth of his musical interests in the recital of music at the center of which is Beethoven's towering Tempest Sonata, which exploits the full range and power of the piano.

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed "a musician of probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by the New York Times.

Emanuel Ax
Lisa Marie Mazzucco / https://emanuelax.com/

Pianist and Tanglewood mainstay Emanuel Ax made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Tanglewood in 1978. In this modified online season, Ax will perform a Great Performers Recital online on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Nicole Cabell.

Ax will perform music in which he is an acknowledged master - an all-Beethoven program featuring two of the composer’s earlier sonatas. He will also perform in August with friend and collaborator, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

Hershey Felder in "George Gershwin Alone"
Mark Garvin

The celebrated one-man play, “George Gershwin Alone,” features acclaimed actor, playwright and accomplished pianist, Hershey Felder rendering an intimate portrait of George Gershwin’s personal life and artistic genius.

Widely regarded as the man who brought jazz into the concert hall, Gershwin changed the musical landscape forever. Packed with Gershwin’s legendary songbook, “George Gershwin Alone” features delightful classics such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” songs from “Porgy and Bess” and “An American in Paris,” and a complete performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Berkshire Theatre Group presents “George Gershwin Alone” at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts through August 31.

Paul Lewis in profile, facing left, left hand on chin, bent at elbo
Kaupo Kikkas

Tonight in The Shed at Tanglewood, Andris Nelsons will conduct a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 2, and closes the program with Ravel’s complete “Daphnis and Chloé,” featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor. In between these two works, Paul Lewis, returning to Tanglewood for his eighth summer in a row, takes center stage to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A.

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation and as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

In addition to his performance in The Shed tonight, Lewis will perform a recital of music by Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven at Ozawa Hall on July 30.

Emanuel Ax
Lisa Marie Mazzucco / https://emanuelax.com/

Globally celebrated pianist, Emanuel Ax, will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with Andris Nelsons and The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s season opening concert in The Shed at Tanglewood on July 5 at 8 p.m. The program that evening will also feature the orchestra playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Ax will be back at Tanglewood in August to play two concerts at Ozawa Hall – one with Leonidas Kavakos and one with Kavaokos and Yo-Yo Ma -- and will participate in a Concerto Conducting Class led by Stefan Asbury. The latter is a Tanglewood Learning Institute OpenStudio event to be held July 30 at 10 a.m. in Ozawa Hall.

Tonight at 7:30 PM at The Egg presents: “We Shall Overcome: A Musical Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Created and produced by award winning piano virtuoso Damien Sneed in honor of the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American musical traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Featuring a band with five vocal soloists the show ties together a living lineage of music and culture from gospel and spirituals to classical and jazz to soul and rhythm & blues.

Federico Colli
Roberto Mora

Italian pianist Federico Colli will perform a concert of Scarlatti, Mozart, and Beethoven in the auditorium at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m.

Federico Colli has established himself as an exciting, international artist, recognized for his stage charisma and his intelligent insights into the repertoire.

 

Since winning First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and Gold Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, Colli has performed at some of the world’s leading concert halls and worked with a number of eminent conductors. He  makes his Lincoln Center debut to a sold out house a couple of days after his concert at The Clark.

Jacqueline Schwab
www.jacquelineschwab.com

On Thursday, September 20 the Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York will present the concert “I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America” performed by Ken Burns’ pianist Jacqueline Schwab. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Calling ahead for reservations is advised - (518) 456-2400.

Jacqueline Schwab is noted for her evocative playing on the soundtracks of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ “Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Mark Twain,” “Frank Lloyd Wright,” “The War” and others. She has long played for English country dancing with the Bare Necessities quartet; has released four solo recordings; and has performed concerts of vintage American music in almost every state of the Union.

ESYO at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Tom Wall Photography

The Empire State Youth Orchestra will pay tribute to two of America’s revered composers and conductors, celebrating Samuel Adler at 90 and Leonard Bernstein at 100 on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

For his 100th birthday year, ESYO will raise a toast to Bernstein’s centennial with a rendition of one of his great early successes, music to the ballet “Fancy Free.” In honor of Samuel Adler’s 90th birthday, the Orchestra will perform Adler’s “A Bridge to Understanding.” The ESYO-commissioned piece premiered 10 years ago at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for the New Music for a New Generation Festival.

The concert will also feature this season’s Lois Lyman Concerto Competition Winner, pianist Gabrielle Kim. At 18 years old, the young virtuoso will lead the orchestra in a passionate performance of Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto in A minor. Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo and pianist Gabrielle Kim join us.

Paul Lewis
Jack Liebeck

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert on Sunday, August 20, in the Shed. Brilliant English pianist Paul Lewis joins Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra for Beethoven's dramatic and tumultuous Third Piano Concerto.

Acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the young, virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra led by José Antonio Méndez Padrón will bring their remarkable cross-cultural Mozart in Havana tour to Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center on June 20 at 7 p.m., in a concert co-presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Skidmore College. 

Simone Dinnerstein joins us to tell us more.

Paul Lewis
Molina Visuals

  Renowned English pianist Paul Lewis joins Andris Nelsons and the instrumental Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on Sunday, July 31, for the annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert. The all-Brahms program opens with the Piano Concerto No. 1.

Tonight at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Mr. Lewis will perform Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor for piano four hands with pianist Jonathan Biss, and Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 2 during a prelude concert with members of the BSO. Prelude concerts are free to ticket holders for the evening’s program.  

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan and Yehuda discuss the history of the piano recital.

  Joe Albany was a critically acclaimed but little known jazz pianist - one of the few white musicians to play bebop with Charlie Parker. His story is told in the film, Low Down - based on a memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, his daughter.

The film tells the story of a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction.

On Monday, September 28th at 7pm Amherst Cinema will present a screening of the film as part of their Jazz a la Mode film series.

Lisa Marie Mazzucco

  Emanuel Ax is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy-Award winning classical pianist.

He is on the faculty for the Tanglewood Music Center and this year takes on the newly created title of Koussevitzky Artist, an honorary title reflecting his extraordinary 30-plus-year involvement with the BSO at Tanglewood and at Symphony Hall in Boston.

He has two Tanglewood concerts this week: on Thursday he will perform an all-Brahms program with Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Leonidas Kavakos at Ozawa Hall and on Sunday he and Yo-Yo Ma will perform Beethoven's Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

  One of today's most sought-after piano soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet will join The Boston Symphony Orchestra tonight playing Shostakovich's scintillating Piano Concerto No. 1. Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra for the program which also includes Tchaikovsky’s Serande for strings and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

  Now in its twentieth year, PianoSummer at New Paltz is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman.

Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music.

PianoSummer takes place July 12th through August 1st.

    This Sunday, April 27th at 4pm - jazz pianist Armen Donelian will perform works from his new CD: Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors in a CD release gathering at Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington, MA in association with Berkshires Jazz.

The legendary Hudson Valley pianist will perform in a trio with Dave Clark on bass and George Schuller on drums.

Albany Symphony - André Watts

Jan 3, 2014

  

  One of the greatest pianists alive today, André Watts, will takes the stage with the Albany Symphony Orchestra on January 11 at The Palace in Albany, NY. He'll perform the Brahms Second Piano Concerto.

Here, Maestro David Alan Miller speaks with Watts about his life and career.

    Internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane is not only performing Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 22, but also conducting at this weekend's Albany Symphony concert at The Palace.

Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov and John Adams. He is the Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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    Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 31 year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang appeared in the 2009 Time 100 - Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over four billion people viewed Lang Lang's performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China.

The superstar pianist Lang Lang joins the BSO and Maestro Charles Dutoit as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 tomorrow night at 8:30 in the shed at Tanglewood.

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    In this week’s “Classical Music According to Yehuda,” Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the persecution of Turkish pianist Fazil Say, hearing Say’s performance of Beethoven’s "Appassionata Sonata."