Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

The Liaisons Project is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by concert pianist Anthony de Mare, that has invited 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to “re-imagine” a song by legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. 

The result is a brand new world-class piano repertory (LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano) that reveals Sondheim’s influence across multiple genres and generations. Composers hail from seven countries, range in age from 32 to 76, and span the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, opera, musical theater and film. 

Since 2011 Mr. de Mare has been touring iterations of LIAISONS across the country, to widespread critical and popular acclaim. The first 32 pieces received their NYC premieres over the span of two sold-out concerts at Symphony Space. in April 2012 and March 2013, receiving rave reviews from Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times and others. Mr. Sondheim also gave a live interview at each concert. See WATCH/LISTEN for performance and interview excerpts.

At its essence, LIAISONS is an homage. But unlike any other Sondheim tribute to date, its focus is exclusively on the music. The Project leaves no doubt that, aside from his genius as a lyricist, Stephen Sondheim is one of the century’s greatest and most influential composers. 

Over the past two years, LIAISONS programs have played to sold-out crowds at concert halls and universities in major cities from Chicago and San Francisco to Portland, Kansas City, Fort Saskatchwan and Fort Worth. Performed exclusively by de Mare through 2016, individual pieces can be combined to form an infinite variety of concert, recital and residency programs. LIAISONS will ultimately be released as a 3-CD recording, currently in process, as well as a published collection. 

…an ambitious concert project…a natural fit for de Mare.” – Dallas Voice

…highly colorful, explosive interpretation of Sondheim…imaginative and effective.” –

…adventurous pianist Anthony de Mare…merging his passion for Sondheim with his effort to expand the recital repertory… I loved it.” – New York Times 

De Mare’s playing was superb throughout, a combination of lyrical reflection and extroverted pyrotechnics.” – San Francisco Chronicle

…a fascinating fusion of musical genres…” – Star-Telegram

…impressive and daring…” – Times Union




Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Aria (former Theatre de la Jeune Lune)
105 North 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Tickets are $28 including fees

Tickets are no longer available to purchase online or via the phone, but will be available at the door beginning at 6pm on Sunday, April 13 at Aria.




(All works based on material by Stephen Sondheim)

A Little Night Fughetta (2010) William Bolcom (after “Anyone Can Whistle” & “Send in the Clowns”)

Every Day A Little Death (2008/2010) Ricky Ian Gordon

The Demon Barber (2010) Kenji Bunch (A Fantasia on “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”)

Johanna in Space (2014) Duncan Sheik

Color and Light (2012) Nico Muhly

Finishing the Hat –Two Pianos (2010) Steve Reich

The Ladies Who Lunch (2010) David Rakowski

Everybody’s Got the Right (2012) Michael Daugherty


Now (2012) Mary Ellen Childs

(after “Now/Later/Soon” – A Little Night Music)

Send in the Clowns (2011) Ethan Iverson

No One Is Alone (2010) Fred Hersch

I Think About You (2010) Paul Moravec

I’m Excited. No You’re Not. (2010) Jake Heggie (after “A Weekend in the Country” – A Little Night Music)


The adventurous pianist Anthony de Mare, a champion of contemporary music, merged his passion for Sondheim with his effort to expand the recital repertory… the resulting project required formidable virtuosity. Mr. de Mare’s playing was dynamic and stylish… I loved it. - Anthony Tommasini

The New York Times