Daniel Abrams at Mannes College in NYC
A concert by acclaimed pianist/composer Daniel Abrams will take place on
Wed. Oct 15 at 8 pm
at the MannesCollege
150 West 85 St, NYC
No charge: seating begins at 7:30 pm
The program includes the American premier of Abrams'
"Musical Portraits from Wagner's 'ing' (from Abrams' "Opera For Piano" series)
More information: www.Daniel-Abrams.com/Opera-For-Piano The program also includes ABRAMS' Chaconne on "Dido's Lament" from Dido And Aeneas , Variations on "Voi Che Sapete" from The Marriage of Figaro, and Variations on "Ein Engel Leonora" from Fidelio.
Opera For Piano retains each pieces original style, preserving its complex moods and subtle powers -- as if the composers themselves had written the operas as piano music.
They are not transcriptions, but music that Abrams'
deeply loves and wished to be able to play on the piano.
considers this series his
most important legacy to music and feels that Opera For Piano is adding some glorious music to the performing pianist's repertoire.
has been internationally acclaimed as both a pianist and as a composer.
had a double Fulbright in piano & composition (which was renewed for a second year) to the Royal Academy of Music
, and performed extensively throughout Europe as an American Cultural Ambassador.
highly heralded New York debut at Town Hall in 1957 brought him major management and years of concertizing.
Also, appearances on many TV and radio shows (including The Today Show, the Mike Wallace show, Joe Franklin, Pegeen Fitzgerald, etc.) In 1962, shortly after surviving a plane crash while on a concert tour in S. America, Abrams accepted a teaching position at Goucher College and The Johns Hopkins University.
Recently, Martha Argerich heard some of Abrams'
music and included it in her Lugano Piano Festival.
Following is an excerpt from The New York Herald Tribune review for the first concert (of his
four concert cycle) of the Mozart piano sonatas at the Kaufman Y : Mr. Abrams
, as has been noted before, is born to the piano; he
cannot help but make beautiful sounds and he
brings to whatever he
tackles not only musicianship, technique and interpretative prowess, but a very special kind of intellectual radiance that quite sets him apart.