Lambros Lambrou in concert. Join us on Aug 27 at 7:00pm.
Concerto for Solo Piano (1857) (50 minutes)
i. Allegro assai
iii. Allegretto alla barbaresca
The piece requires the soloist to present the voices of both the orchestra and the soloist. "The style and form of the music take on a monumental quality-rich, thickly set textures and harmonies ... conjure up the sound world of a whole orchestra and tax the performer, both physically and mentally, to the limit." (Gibbons)
Performance demands tremendous physical endurance, and great technical skills to cover features including arpeggios, octave runs, scales, leaps, grace notes, alternating hands, swiftly changing block chord motifs, tremolos, and 4-5 trills with the melody played on the same hand.
Adrian Corleonis considers the Concerto to represent the most cruelly taxing piano work before the time of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji and Ferruccio Busoni. It was not until in 1939 that Egon Petri gave the piece a proper performance, in its entirety, during BBC broadcasts.
Please RSVP so we can be properly prepared.
Doors open a half hour before the show for snacks and refreshments.
We are asking $10 donations, kids free.