Solo Programs


ROMANTICS TO RAGTIME

Chopin: Barcarolle, op. 60
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D 946

Schubert arr. Liszt: Der Müller und der Bach
Dawes/Sigman arr. Keith Jarrett: It’s All in the Game
William Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag, Poltergeist
Igor Stravinsky: Piano-Rag-Music
William Albright: The Nightmare Fantasy Rag

This program unites the music of 19th-century Europe with 20th-century America. The contrasting styles are brought closer together through two touching song arrangements by the great improvisers of each era.

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SCHUBERT AND GLASS

Philip Glass arr. Paul Barnes: Orphée Suite
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat, D 960

The mystical undertones in Philip Glass’ poignant chamber opera, Orphée, run parallel to the otherworldly exploration of light and darkness by Schubert in his final sonata.

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BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT (short, no intermission)

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat, op. 31, no. 3
Schubert: Sonata in C minor, D 958

Beethoven is heard at his most playful and Schubert at his darkest. The contrasting sonatas each contain a finale based on the lively Italian dance form, Tarantella, but with polar opposite effects.

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SCHUBERT, RAVEL, CHOPIN (short, no intermission)

Schubert: Impromptu in C minor, op. 90, no. 1
Schubert: Valses nobles and Valses sentimentales (selections)
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Chopin: Three Mazurkas, op. 59
Chopin: Ballade no. 4 in F minor, op. 52

This program explores shorter forms in the hands of three of the most unique composers. Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales are paired with selections from the Schubert waltzes that inspired Ravel to write them.

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