This past week I had a wonderful time attending the 125th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion of the Yale School of Music. As a Yale College alum as well, I happened to miss my 30th Reunion last Spring for the Class of 1984! (The George Orwell's Year!), so I was particularly eager to attend this special occasion with my husband, Steve Greene, YSM 1986, whom I met in September 1984, exactly 35 years ago! We were even more honored to have been invited to perform on the Alumni Reunion Concert on…Read more
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As I get ready to perform Brahms' monumental Piano Concerto No.2 on May 5th with the Northbrook Symphony, I figured my fans might want some insight into the process that I go through to prepare a concerto for performance.
I will tell you first that it is at once a challenge and a pleasure to play a concerto with an orchestra. The Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Santiago Rodriguez once told me backstage after one of his concerts that "concertos are the bread and butter" of a pianist's career. So, what exactly…Read more
I just love performing concertos with orchestras- it can be the most gratifying and also at times the most terrifying of musical experiences as a soloist. It's a little bit like chamber music on steroids- so much more to listen for, so much more to watch and observe, so much more SOUND! It is really quite a thrill, and I was lucky to perform two of my favorite concertos last season- Cesar Franck's Symphonic Variations and Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Now this season two more show-stoppers- Tchaikovsky's…Read more
SO delighted to perform in the Fulcrum Point New Music Group's concert this evening at the invitation of the founder and Artistic Director, Stephen Burns, who also happens to be a world-class Trumpet soloist. What a fascinating, electrifying and mesmerizing concert of electro-acoustic contemporary music works by the distinguished composers Gustavo Leone, Gabriela Lena Frank, Elbio Barilari, Rodrigo Sigal, and Javier Alvarez.
I was delighted to perform in this program along with Stephen Burns, cellist…Read more
His program opened with the famous Mozart Sonata in A…Read more
Yesterday was a first-time ever experience for me of playing a concert and in the middle of it, the complete lyre and pedal assembly fell off the piano hitting the floor with a big thud! I mean, I have endured some broken strings, and keys falling off, and notes not repeating, and the like. But THIS??? The SOUL of the PIANO just GONE? In keeping with the tradition of "the show must go on" I still never imagined I could continue to perform the Finale movement of Mendelssohn's C minor Piano Trio with NO…Read more
David Yonan is already a First Prize winner of so many international competitions- I don't have to recount them here- you can visit his website to learn more: www.davidyonan.com. But what I can…Read more
While the season for gratitude and thanksgiving begins on Thanksgiving, it doesn't end there! We all hope and pray for another New Year- with good health, prosperity, and contentment.
For those of you in the Chicago area- come here me perform on Sunday December 15th at 2pm at the Northbrook Public Library in a chamber music program entitled "Homage to Beethoven"- featuring three…Read more