HAPPY B’DAY, CHOPIN AND SCHUMANN!

7 Jan

Pianist Clive Swansbourne performs

Six recitals at Christ the King Lutheran Church 

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of both Chopin’s and Schumann’s birth, British pianist Clive Swansbourne presents a series of six piano recitals at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm beginning on January 10, 2010 (details below). 

Dates for Sunday Recitals (all at 5 pm): 

January 10

January 24

February 21

March 7

April 11

April 25 

Location for Sunday Recitals:

Christ the King Lutheran Church

2353 Rice Blvd

Houston (corner of Rice and Greenbriar)

The events will take place in the intimate Fellowship Hall with the beautiful new Bosendorfer Grand piano in the middle of the room with the lid off! 

Tickets for Sunday Recitals:

At the door (no advance ticket sales): $20     ($15 students and seniors)

Season passes (also at the door):            $90     ($65 students and seniors). 

Programs for Sunday Recitals: 

The recitals will each consist of works by Schumann in the first half and works by Chopin in the second half, and will provide audience members with an opportunity to make direct comparisons between the ways in which these two towering masters revolutionized piano writing. Clive Swansbourne will give spoken introductions to the music. 

Programs will include Schumann’s “Abegg” Variations, Papillons, Davidsbündlertänze, Carnaval, Etudes Symphoniques, Kreisleriana, Fantasy, and Humoresque. Chopin will be represented by his Sonata in B minor, four ballades, twenty-four preludes, Barcarolle, second and fourth scherzos, and various nocturnes, waltzes, etudes, impromptus and polonaises. Each program will feature a group of the master’s most individualistically Polish compositions, his mazurkas. 

Also, a Lecture Series…

To accompany the main recital series, Clive Swansbourne will also be presenting three Thursday evening lecture/recitals at the Dowling Music Recital Room, (2615 Southwest Freeway – south feeder road at Kirby) at 6:30 pm on the following dates: 

January 21

February 18

April 8

Tickets at the door:  $10. 

Program 1, Sunday, January 10 

Schumann

Papillons, op.2

Carnaval, op 9 

Chopin

Ballade no. 1 in G minor, op. 23

3 Mazurkas, op. 7

            1 in B flat

            2 in A minor

            3 in F minor

Etude in C sharp minor, op.25 no.7

Scherzo no.4 in E major 

This is the third major recital series Clive has given in Houston. In Fall 2005 he performed to capacity crowds the 32 Beethoven sonatas in eight recitals, and in Fall 2008 he presented a series of five recitals encompassing all of Schubert’s late piano music, both at the Rothko Chapel. He has since recorded all of the Schubert series on six CDs for Swan Records. Also available is his new CD of Chopin (the four Ballades, Sonata in B minor and Fourth Scherzo). For more information about these CDs, visit   www.theenlightenedlistener.com 

For further information about Clive Swansbourne, updates and future program details, please visit www.cliveswansbourne.com.

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