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One month out: Schubert Club Mix presents David Greilsammer, piano & prepared piano

By Schubert Club

Schubert Club Mix


David Greilsammer, piano & prepared piano

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:30pm

James J Hill Center
on Rice Park, adjacent to the St. Paul Central Library

ST. PAUL, MN (November, 2015) – The Schubert Club’s 2015-2016 Schubert Club Mix season continues with pianist David Greilsammer performing on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at James J Hill Center (adjacent to the St. Paul Central Library.) “A standout musician who has it in him to challenge, inform and delight audiences” (New York Times) Greilsammer is known as a unique interpreter of both baroque and contemporary music. For his Schubert Club Mix program, he will venture between the two worlds of Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage in a program of sonatas by two composers born over 200 years apart, alternating between prepared piano and a standard grand.
Program: Scarlatti & Cage, Sonatas
Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K. 213
Cage: Sonata no. 14
Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor K.141
Cage: Sonata no. 13
Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major K.381
Cage: Sonata no. 12
Scarlatti: Sonata in B Minor K. 87
Cage: Sonata no.1
Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor K. 466
Cage: Sonata no. 16
Scarlatti: Sonata in E major K. 531
Cage: Sonata no.11
Scarlatti: Sonata in B Minor K. 27
Cage: Sonata no. 5
Scarlatti: Sonata in D Major K.492
Note from David Greilsammer about the Program:
Music from a different planet. This is the feeling that has always taken over me when listening to the Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage. Music from an invisible, distant, and mysterious world. The works of these composers do not resemble in any way those of their contemporaries: is it, perhaps, because the two men were not composers, but in fact, inventors? Inventors of sounds, magicians of rhythm, creators of new languages, that had never been heard before. As true visionaries, ahead of their time, they treated the Sonata not as a rigid and extensive form, but rather as a miraculous space designed for conception and experimentation. More than two hundred years separate the two composers, but their Sonatas seem so much alike: short, provocative, passionate, full of wild colours, and bursting with sensual rhythms. Light years away from the traditional Sonata that ruled during the two centuries that went by between Scarlatti and Cage, the two artists treated this form as a free, agile and dazzling entity: like an Unidentified Flying Object, passing in the sky, brief, remote and solitary. Searching in their feverish imagination, Scarlatti and Cage conceived these pieces to be the messengers of a yet unknown world. Embracing the future and its freedoms, the Sonatas seem to be staring at us from their far, distant planet.  — David Greilsammer

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About David Greilsammer:  

Known for his fascinating and eclectic programs, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognized as one of today’s most imaginative and audacious artists. Last December, The New York Times selected his album “Mozart In-Between” (Sony Classical) as one of the best recordings of the year. The American newspaper had already awarded his previous album, “Baroque Conversations” among the best albums of 2012, and his New York recital was selected as one of the most interesting musical events of the year.   Born in Jerusalem, David Greilsammer studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky, in addition to working with pianist Richard Goode. After making his New York Lincoln Center debut, he went on to becoming “Young Musician of the Year” at the French Music Awards.   Known as a unique interpreter of both baroque and contemporary music, David Greilsammer is also celebrated for his Mozart performances. In 2008, he performed in Paris all of Mozart’s piano Sonatas in a one-day “marathon” and in recent years, he has recorded various albums devoted to the composer. Last season, he played and conducted the complete cycle of Mozart’s twenty-seven piano concertos in Geneva.   Since 2013, David Greilsammer is Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this innovative orchestra, he gives more than thirty concerts this season, including performances in Berlin, Paris and London, and Gstaad. David Greilsammer also presents with GECA singular collaborations with dancers, painters, video artists, actors, and jazz musicians. David Greilsammer has recently conducted the ensemble in programs featuring soloists such as Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Andreas Scholl, and Daniel Hope.   Since 2013, David Greilsammer is “Artist in Residence” both at the Saint-Etienne Opera in France and the Meitar Ensemble in Tel Aviv.

About Schubert Club Mix: a new generation of classical music

Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. A mix of old and new, presented in nontraditional but stylish venues, audiences will be treated to remarkable performances by some of today’s most influential musicians.

Tickets & Concert Information

Tickets $30 ($12 student rush with valid I.D.)
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