Join us at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre on Thursday, February 4th at 12 noon for February’s fetaure of the WRITE OFF THE KEYBOARD Free Noon Hour Series, in partnership with STEINWAY PIANO GALLERY TORONTO [http://www.steinwaytoronto.ca/]:
Années de pèlerinage, Première année, ‘Suisse’ (Excerpts) by Franz Liszt
German Promises (2011) by Adam Sherkin
Adam Sherkin, solo piano
Pianist-composer Franz Liszt led a dazzling life of celebrity and renown. His influence as performer, creator and colleague both to his own generation and those beyond remains palpable today. Liszt’s personal journey was a colourful – and oft times demanding – one; he sought solitude and spiritual refuge at various stages throughout his career and with varying degrees of intensity. As a young man in the 1830’s, Liszt embarked on a consequential pilgrimage through continental Europe. He journeyed to Switzerland, Italy and Austria. A decade or so later, the composer re-wrote much of the earlier music he has sketched on this grand tour. The first revision came to be published as the Années de pèlerinage: Première année, chronicling his time in Switzerland and evoking the sights and sounds encountered there.
This Toronto recital, (the first of two in 2016 featuring Liszt’s music), evolves the theme of pilgrimage and the journey. Adam Sherkin’s performs his own German Promises of 2011, at once a celebration and questioning of Germany’s immense contribution to the history of Western music; a narrative (in five movements) that recounts Sherkin own (startling) pilgrimage to this country.
Join us in the St. Lawrence Centre’s Bluma Appel Lobby for this free, one-hour performance. Admission is FREE.
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