A Wealth of Pianists at The Wallis

The pianist is the traveling nomad of the classical music world. Pianists can go on tour alone, unencumbered by accompanists or orchestras. However, recent concerts at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts have challenged that image, focusing on collaborations between artists. In an April 26 concert, Marc-André Hamelin and Leif Ove Andsnes presented…

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Exposing “The Hero Within”

Opening night for The Hero Within is twenty-six hours away, and the production is in trouble. The day before the play opens at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is supposed to be reserved for a final dress rehearsal, but there simply isn’t time. Too much has been spent on adjusting lighting cues…

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Colburn at The Wallis

On Wednesday night, French-German pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet was joined by students from the Colburn School in a lengthy program of chamber music favorites at The Wallis. Aside from one solo violin piece, all of the music featured Thibaudet either accompanying the instrumentalists or collaborating with young pianists in four-hand or two piano arrangements. Thibaudet, currently…

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My Friend: A Remembrance

Hari Vasu was one of my best friends, and someone I had known since the first grade. He was incredibly smart and gifted, and it was clear that he had a bright future. The expectations for Hari were that he would become a doctor, and he threw himself at it fully, delighting in learning new…

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The JACK Quartet Embraces the Modern at the Wallis

Contemporary classical music ensembles face a dilemma when programming concerts: how much of the program should be devoted to the newest and most experimental works, and how much filled with reliable standards and crowd-pleasers? Many find a middle ground, peppering their concerts with Stravinsky here, a dash of Shostakovich there, and then a smidgen of something…

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