Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Chopin: "Elegance Meets Passion" with Hsing-ay Hsu
Sat, April 24 7:00 PM, EDT
Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu "Sing-I Shoo" guides you on a personal ZOOM reception, a VIDEO ESSAY connecting historical context, and piano demos with musical inspiration, and a Hi-Def PERFORMANCE filmed at a historical mansion, to explore how Rachmaninoff transforms a tragic prelude by Chopin into twenty two variations of beauty, inspiration, and triumph. A message of multiple paths forward for our troubled times. Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff’s music has been made famous by many American movies such as Shine, Groundhog Day, and Somewhere in Time. A Russian nobleman by birth, he became a New Yorker in 1918 during the deadly Spanish flu. One of the last great pianist–composers in a grand tradition stretching back to the Gilded Age, his musical style was full of nostalgia, even in his youth, but it also carried resilience and incredible imagination for beautiful harmonies and textures and melodies that soars on into the future. BONUS: Prelude in G major filmed at a NYC art exhibit.
Can't make the time? No problem- the event will be on demand for one week following.
Get a taste of this event: https://youtu.be/Me4c-jJNTtw
Since her stage debut at age 4, Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu has performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and in Europe & Asia. International prizewinner, concert producer, teacher/educator, studio owner, adjudicator, she hosts a YouTube channel and Café webinars to help music-lovers find pathways forward through music and creativity. Born in Beijing, Ms. Hsu trained at Juilliard, Yale University, Aspen, Ravinia, and Tanglewood. She is currently on the summer faculty of Rocky Ridge and teaches Chautauqua Institute Special Courses, and was a faculty member at the University of Colorado for fourteen years as Director of Pendulum New Music before recently returning to New York.
Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Opus 22,
with Prelude in G, Op.32 No.5