Keyboard Conversations ® ...
concerts with lively commentary, an innovative format that differs from my traditional recitals and
appearances as piano soloist with symphony orchestras, when I do
not speak a word.
are a concert-plus.
A Keyboard Conversation is primarily a concert; each work on the
program is performed in its entirety. As the significant plus, I
speak briefly and informally to the audience before performing each
composition, illustrating with a few pertinent musical examples
from the keyboard. My hope is that the remarks I share will make
the music more accessible, the listening experience more focused
conclude with a brisk question and answer session,
when audiences delight in the opportunity to participate. All questions
have broad, popular appeal.
They consistently attract avid music lovers, who wish to increase
their understanding and enjoyment of familiar works, and also reach
out to newcomers to classical music, who are engaged by the entertaining,
span more than 100 different titles.
Repertoire can range from well-known chestnuts, such as Beethoven's
Moonlight Sonata or Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, to
rarer gems, such as Leonard Bernstein's unpublished Meditation
on a Wedding. Before performing a work, I invite listeners to
consider such questions as, for example:
- How was
the music of Robert Schumann affected by his love life?
- In Beethoven's
immortal Für Elise, who was "Elise," and
Beethoven write this "love poem" for her?
- How was
Brahms able to compose a monumental work based on only one very
- Why didn't
Chopin publish his popular Fantasie Impromptu?
a few such intriguing questions and marveling at the ingenious ways
inspired composers have created their masterpieces, members of the
audience hear the music with a fresh perspective at the performance
that follows. They feel they are now listening on the "inside
track," experiencing a work as something more rewarding than
a mere ear wash of sound.
Today, we read
a great deal about the declining interest in classical music. I
believe, however, that the transcendent dimension music adds to
our lives is more necessary now than ever. As human beings, we need
to be moved, affected and inspired - and if we lend an open ear
and willing heart, great music can inspire us uniquely. The ever-expanding
audiences for Keyboard Conversations throughout the United States
reaffirm my conviction that this stimulating concert format makes
friends for classical music and enriches listeners profoundly.
Conversations are for anyone who loves music - or wants to love
it even more. Attend a Keyboard Conversation - enrich your life
with great music!