Following our preliminary video Q&A and mini-performance with Amy Yang, this week we current one other intimate video portrait of an artist showing with PCMS this fall – the excellent pianist Shai Wosner.
Shai’s upcoming recital (Dec. 4) marks his eighth look with the Society. Born in Israel and educated at Juilliard, he has gone on to have an internationally acclaimed profession, performing a broad vary of repertoire with a level of virtuosity and mental curiosity that has led audiences and critics to notice his “eager musical thoughts and deep musical soul” (NPR).
Providing a snapshot of a day within the lifetime of an artist throughout quarantine, Shai invitations us into his residence and musical world whereas treating us to a efficiency of an excerpt from Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and answering a wide-ranging set of interview questions. We had loads of enjoyable crafting them and hope you get pleasure from attending to know one other of our favourite artists.
Titled Variations on a Theme by FDR, Shai’s December 4 recital program weaves newly commissioned works by 5 American composers in and round Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. The theme is a quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s deal with to the Daughters of the American Revolution: “Keep in mind, bear in mind at all times, that every one of us… are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Every contribution to this new assortment is a “variation” on this theme, with every composer using the story of a particular immigrant as inspiration. Beethoven used an identical thought to check his artistic powers when he accepted Anton Diabelli’s invitation to put in writing a variation on a easy C Main waltz, the proceeds from which had been to help orphans and widows of the Napoleonic Wars. Watch Shai’s video preview of this system under: