Piano Series, with continued focus on Chopin
In his recital for the Piano Series, John Novacek has chosen examples from four important Chopin genres: the etude, the nocturne, the impromptu, and the ballade.
Chopin’s Etude in A-flat Major, Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, and Ballade No. 1 in G minor. Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K. 511, Messaien’s Le baiser de l’enfant-Jésus, and Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3 and Rhapsodie espagnole, S.254.
Although Chopin’s art is almost entirely dedicated to music for solo piano, it has been enormously influential, and to this day is astonishingly well known and beloved.
Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for four days of lectures and narrated concerts about Frédéric Chopin’s life and music.
“Waterfall’s productions always present exciting, absorbing playing of great music, but are also rare, distinctive examples of what can be called music education, though they’re more conversational, truly a sharing of perspective, interest, anecdote. There’s a sense of immediacy to her delivery, weaving in and out of the playing, an intimately conceived present awareness of this heritage. It’s something unique that needs to be experienced.” Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet