Posts Tagged ‘piano’

‘Crazy Piano Guy’ Brings Classical to the Masses

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Washington Square Park’s very own pianist By Sophia Rosenbaum Every Saturday in Washington Square Park, the normal activity of an urban green space is interrupted by a man playing a baby grand piano, stopping people in their tracks with his subtle chords and classical tunes. “Conceptually, he’s just another street performer, because he has those [&hellip
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Pianists and Piano Pieces at Mannes College

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Palooza600 In a recent issue, I referred to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival as a “piano-palooza.” Every July, there are some 25 recitals presented at Mannes College, on West 85th Street. The festival is directed by a distinguished pianist and Mannes teacher, Jerome Rose, and his better half, Julie Kedersha. I have often quoted a [&hellip
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A Wonderful Mozart Piano Concerto at the Philharmonic

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

classical3 I once heard Emanuel Ax, the pianist, give a great performance. Google has recalled the specifics: It was in August 2005 at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Ax played Mozart’s Concerto No. 22 in E flat, K. 482. I have now heard Ax give another great performance. It was of the same concerto. This second performance [&hellip
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Pianists Play Concertos in Pairs

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

CA-Maria Joao Pires Pianists pires and zacharias play concertos in pairs Two orchestras came to town, each bringing a pianist. The first orchestra to appear was from just down the road, Philadelphia. They played in Carnegie Hall with their chief conductor, Charles Dutoit. And their pianist was Maria João Pires, from Portugal. She is very well-known from recordings, [&hellip
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Yuja on Fire

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Uncategorized

Yuja_Wamg And a visit by a venerable quartet By Jay Nordlinger For several years, we have called Yuja Wang a wunderkind, a phenom, a sensation. For how long can we keep talking that way? She’s 25 now. I figure we can continue for a couple more years. Most recently in New York, she played Prokofiev’s Piano [&hellip
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