2018 January: Winter Weekend

Saturday, Jan 13, 7:30 pm
Richard Strauss: Enoch Arden, Op. 38, TrV 181 A melodrama in verse by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, set to music by Richard Strauss, for narrator and piano
— A rare chance to attend a performance in which the spoken, not sung, word weaves with music. Tennyson’s story is a love triangle — with one of its anguished lovers lurking in the shadows. PDF of full text: Enoch Arden, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Aaron Anderson, narrator | Peiwen Chen, piano
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Claude Debussy: La Mer, for one piano, four hands (original version  by the composer)
— A day at the ocean and all her moods and Debussy’s gorgeous musical colors, in three movements: “De l’aube à midi sur la mer”: from dawn to noon at the ocean / ”Jeux de vagues”: Play of the waves / ”Dialogue du vent et de la mer”: Dialogue of the wind and the ocean
Peiwen Chen, piano | Alexander Paley, piano

Sunday, Jan 14, 3:00 pm
Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor
— If you’re a classical music afficionado, you’ll have heard, and will hear, Listz’s Sonata in B minor … more than once. But hearing Alexander Paley perform it: that’s the ultimate.
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Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
— Schumann’s subtitle for Carnaval is “Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes” (Little Scenes on Four Notes). The four notes make cryptograms, and Schumann predicted that “deciphering my masked ball will be a real game for you.” More than a game, it will be downright impossible if you’re not versed in German language, culture and music. Don’t worry! Schumann’s music speaks a universal language of delight. (But — the solution will be offered in our program.) 
Alexander Paley,  piano

Free admission – donation appreciated

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