Robyn Carmichael (piano) in concert
Sun, May 19, 2019 at 2:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation - San Francisco, CA
1750 29th Avenue
Date & Time: Saturday May 18, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students For more information visit https://sunsetarts.wordpress.com/robyn-carmichael-piano-in-concert/ Peers, Friends, Rivals – FOUR ROMANTIC MASTERS Please join acclaimed pianist, ROBYN CARMICHAEL, at Sunset Music and Arts on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm, for Peers, Friends, Rivals: FOUR ROMANTIC MASTERS. Experience the music of four towering masters of the keyboard: Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Mendelssohn, in a program highlighting their own unique temperaments, and featuring the magnificent Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 of Chopin and the high-strung and virtuosic Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli of Franz Liszt. For a preview of Ms. Carmichael’s playing, please visit her website at www.robyncarmichael.com FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1848) Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14 (c. 1830) Songs without Words, Op. 38, no. 6 “Duetto” (c. 1836-37) Songs without Words, Op. 19, no. 5 “Restlessness” (c. 1828) Scherzo from Capriccio Op. 16, no. 2 (c. 1829) FRYDERYK CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne, Op. 27, no. 2 (c. 1836) Waltz, Op. 34, no. 3 (c. 1838) Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 (c. 1844) ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)-FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886) Widmung (Dedication) from the “Myrthen” song cycle by Schumann (c. 1840, arr. by Liszt, c.1848) S. 566 ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 (c. 1837) Des Abends In der Nacht FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886) Liebestraume, S. 541, no. 3 (c. 1850) Tarantella from Annees de Pelerinage: Venezia e Napoli, S. 162, no. 3 (c. 1837-49) Carmichael’s distinctive style has defined her concerts in the U.S. and Europe. Her past season included West Coast concerts in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, a radio interview on Berkeley’s KPFA-FM “Piano” program, and a CD release with music of Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Bach-Alkan, and Rachmaninoff. Her new 2018 season features East Coast and West Coast tours with all-Russian and all-Romantic recitals, including the virtuosic Tchaikovsky-Pletnev Nutcracker Suite, educational concerts with commentary for libraries and grassroots organizations, a unique Chopin project and a program honoring the 200th anniversary of the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa. The life and works of the great Polish composer Chopin have always had a special significance for Carmichael because of her Polish/Scottish ancestry. She had a remarkable opportunity to connect more closely to Chopin and his historical impact on three tours of Poland and one of Scotland. One particular day of those tours stands out: Warsaw, October 17, 2005. Carmichael describes it as “one of the greatest events of my life.” She organized an historic pilgrimage to bring her friend Matthew B. Sydow back to Warsaw. Exactly 60 years earlier, at the end of WWII on October 17, 1945, the great Chopin historian Bronislaw Edward Sydow and his son Matthew Bogdan Sydow helped to return the urn containing Chopin’s heart back to its rightful place in the pillar of the Church of the Holy Cross where it remains today. On October 17, 2005, the church was packed with devotees, simultaneously honoring the anniversary of the death of Chopin, the 60th anniversary of the return of Chopin’s heart, and the mid-point proceedings of the renowned XV International Chopin Piano Competition. Matthew stood once again in front of the cherished pillar, completing the circle. “I will never forget this extraordinary moment that honored Matthew, his father, Poland and Chopin’s memory,” said Carmichael. In the fall of 2006, Carmichael began a collaboration with Polish narrator and nephew of Bronislaw E. Sydow, Witold Kolankowski, presenting the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin in recital with readings in Polish/English from Chopin’s correspondence.