Chorus Concert at St. Frances Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia.
Rachel Buxton performs her senior recital.
Orchestral Chamber Works Recital
Clazzical Project, Brian Ganz Joint Recital
Free and open to the public.
Drew Belsinger Senior Recital
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Musician-in-Residence Brian Ganz continues his popular PianoTalk, sponsored by the Arthur and Alice Fleury Zamanakos Noon Concert Series. The program, originally scheduled for February 26th and postponed due to snow, is entitled “Two Dances for the Price of One.” Mr. Ganz will discuss and perform Frédéric Chopin’s masterful Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call (240) 895-4498 or visit http://www.smcm.edu/events/organizer/music-department/.
“Polonaise” is a French word meaning “Polish,” and Chopin, the greatest Polish composer of all time, made the dance genre his own. “The Polonaise in F-sharp minor is not nearly as well known as some of his other polonaises,” Ganz said, “but a case could be made that it’s the greatest of them all. It’s the only work of Chopin I know that explicitly combines two genres. At the heart of this Polonaise lies another essentially Polish dance, a mazurka,” the pianist continued. “Whereas the polonaise is a formal, ceremonial dance, the mazurka is a folk dance. In this PianoTalk I’ll take listeners inside both genres. I’ll demonstrate what animates each of them rhythmically and explore how Chopin makes the joining of the two work so well in this masterpiece.”
Ganz recently performed his 5th recital at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda in his decade long journey through the complete works of Frédéric Chopin, a project he has undertaken in partnership with the National Philharmonic. He began his “Extreme Chopin” quest at Strathmore four years ago in a sold out recital that launched the ambitious endeavor to perform the composer’s approximately 250 works. The next recital in the series will take place on January 9, 2016.
Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic, the Baltimore and the National Symphonies, the City of London Sinfonia, and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. He has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and has played under the baton of such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Jerzy Semkow and Yoel Levi. A critic for La Libre Belgique wrote of Ganz’s work: “We don’t have the words to speak of this fabulous musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy.”
Jazz Band and Combo Concert
Nathan Blumberg performs his senior recital.