Miami International Piano Festivalâ€™s March Master Series takes a Fresh Look At the Classics in a Tribute to the Genius of the French Impressionists
Sunday, 03/03/2013, 03:45 pm – 05:45 pm
Broward Center For The Performing Arts
205 SW 5th Ave ,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Miami, FL (January 24, 2013) In a bold programming move, the Piano Festival presents three consecutive days in homage to the music of Claude Debussy â€“ celebrating of the 150th anniversary of his birth â€“ and the composers who are frequently associated with the French Impressionist movement â€“ Ravel, Faure and Messaien.
From Sunday through Tuesday, March 3 â€“ 5, four unique programs will be presented at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale by some of the worldâ€™s most impressive masters of the keyboard.
The Master Series opens with a Sunday matinee performance by Francesco Libetta (Italy), dubbed the â€œpianist of the impossibleâ€ by filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon, Libetta has earned a reputation for his brilliant and personal interpretations of the classicsâ€™ most challenging repertoire.
His 3:00 p.m. recital will include works by the true â€œGeniuses of Impressionismâ€ â€“ Godard, Debussy, Saint Saens, FaurÃ©, and Ravel. Of his 2009 Festival performance, Alan Becker wrote, â€œLibetta, hands, possibly taken over by demons, took all of the tortures in stride and left the audience amazed that the unbelievable had taken place before them.â€
That same evening, the Festival turns the stage over to Konstantin Lifschitz (Russia), who will focus on a â€œTribute to Debussyâ€ in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composerâ€™s birth in August of 1862. In 2008 Lifschitz made Festival history by performing both books of Bachâ€™s Well Tempered Clavier.
â€œYet so naturally poetic and expressive was his playing that he made it seem as if the entirety of the modern piano repertory lay nascent in these 48 pieces,â€ wrote the NY Times. Debussy will be no less thrilling in the hands of this great Master as he presents his thoughtful interpretations of works such as Lâ€™isle joyeuse, 6 epigraphes antiques, Soiree dans Grenade and all the Preludes from Book One.
On Monday evening, Festival audiences are in for a special treat as not one, but two artists collaborate to bring works by Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen to life!
Konstantin Lifschitz (Russia) and Francesco Libetta (Italy) will showcase the amazing versatility and depth of these composers in their works specifically written for two pianos.
To conclude the 2013 Master Series, the Festival has put together a special chamber program of French Impressionist jewels featuring three collaborative geniuses: pianist, Misha Dacic (Serbia), violinist, Gilles Apap (France), and cellist Dimitri Maslennikov (Russia).
Included in their program will be Debussyâ€™s Violin Sonata in G minor, Ravelâ€™s Cello Sonata, and FaurÃ©â€™s Piano Trio in D minor. A local favorite, Dacic was first brought to the U.S. by the Festival in 2003 and it was just a matter of time until the Festival could find the perfect opportunity to pair him with the eclectic French violinist, Gilles Apap. Joined by cellist Maslennikov, the Master Seriesâ€™ grande finale will be Ravelâ€™s Piano Trio in A minor.
Inspiration for the musical content of the Trio came from a wide variety of sources, from Basque dance to Malaysian poetry and is regarded as a technical masterpiece.
After the intermission of each performance, guest lecturer Stuart Isacoff will shed light on the repertoireâ€™s historical context. Isacoff is an award-winning writer, pianist, composer and lecturer who performs and lectures across North America and Europe.
He is the author of A Natural History of the Piano (Knopf, 2011), as well as the highly acclaimed Temperament (Knopf/Vintage, 2003).
â€œAs we celebrate 16 years of a truly enriching and exciting journey into the world of the piano, the Masters Series has become a vehicle for digging deeply into the profound repertoire of the composers,â€ noted the Miami International Piano Festivalâ€™s Artistic Director Giselle Brodsky. â€œDuring these intense explorations of a single composer or in this yearâ€™s case an entire genre, these musical jewels can enjoy new life in the hands of todayâ€™s great masters.â€
CONCERT & TICKET INFO:
WHEN: March 3 â€“ 5, 2013
WHERE: Broward Center for the Performing Arts,205 SW 5th Ave Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
TICKETS: $15 â€“ $50 (1/2 price tickets available for students with I.D.)
$120 for a four program subscription
By phone: 954-462-0222; On-line: www.BrowardCenter.org