I’m guessing that most of the music we experience during the week is through the radio, CD collections, streaming, or the television. Although this week may have many of us celebrating various holidays, here’s a nod to unplug for some midweek musicking through live performance.
First up … the Schenectady County Community College Chamber Music Series presents faculty members Brett L. Wery, saxophone, and pianist Mark Evans in concert premiering Wery’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone, Clarinet in B-flat, and Flute. Wery and Evans are also joined by faculty members oboist Karen Hosmer, Katy Svatek on French horn, and guest artist bassoonist Gerald Lanoue to perform W.A. Mozart’s incomparable Quintet in E Flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452.
Collaborating with the Curtis Institute of Music, Union College Concerts is offering two free performances young artists on the cusp of major careers. This is the second of the two concerts and features pianist Eric Lu Falling victim to the February 12th winter storm, pianist Eric Lu’s original concert date had to be rescheduled. On Thursday, we finally have the opportunity to here Mr. Lu at the keyboard.
Pianist Eric Lu is barely twenty and already won multiple awards such as the 1st prize winner of the IX Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists and the 2015 National Chopin Competition in Miami, USA, where he also received the best concerto prize. In October 2015, at 17 years old, Lu won the 4th prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of the competition. In his academic pursuits at the Curtis Institute of Music, he studies with Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald. He is also a pupil of the pianist Dang Thai Son.
The program is to include:
- W.A. Mozart — Sonata in D Major, K. 311
- Franz Schubert — 4 Impromptus, D. 899
- Frédéric Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 13-16
- Frédéric Chopin — Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
- Sergei Prokofiev — Sonata No. 7, Op. 83
By the way, both concerts are free of charge. Here’s hoping you can take in one of these performances if not both. Happy musicking!