“A pianist whose playing is powerful and driven.”
–The New York Times
The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by faculty pianist Melvin Chen on Wednesday, March 27. Chen, lauded as “raw and roaring” by The New Yorker, will perform a program of music by Beethoven, Mussorgsky, and Joan Tower.
This concert will open with Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126, the composer’s last work for piano. The Bagatelles are a set of six short character pieces written for the composer’s brother, Johann.
Chen will then perform two pieces by Grammy Award-winning American composer Joan Tower, Steps (2011) and Ebony and Ivory (2008). Chen gave the first performance of Steps, an homage to Debussy, in February 2012. Ebony and Ivory, which is about the black and white notes of the piano, was written for the San Antonio Piano Competition. The New York Times noted, “It is the kind of work that sounds as if it required more than ten fingers, not to mention the agility to shift quickly between styles.”
The program will conclude with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a virtuoso piece beloved by audiences. Dedicated to Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, the piece depicts a tour of an art collection, with individual movements based on paintings by Hartmann.
This concert takes place at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. Tickets are $20–30, $10–15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.