On Friday at 8 pm, pianist Anya Alexeyev plays works by Haydn, Schumann, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. On Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 4 pm, violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Adrian Daurov and pianist Anya Alexeyev play works by Prokofiev, Schnittke and Arensky.
Dear Music Lovers,
This weekend our Barge is enjoying the company of a very gifted pianist, Anya Alexeyev. She visited us last summer when she performed a solo piano recital and also played four hands with her father Dmitri Alexeyev. (Many of you probably heard of him. He is one of the most distinguished musicians appearing today, due to his numerous victories at the most prestigious international competitions. He has been performing in major concerts venues for many years, both as soloist with the major orchestras and in solo recitals, and sometimes in chamber music concerts, like he has done the last 3 or 4 years at the Bargemusic.)
Tonight Anya is doing a solo piano recital of her favorite pieces (as she confessed to me earlier this week during our rehearsals). I would describe her playing as very natural and expressive. She plays with great clarity and strength. I wish she lived closer by—this way you, dear music lovers, would have a chance to hear her more often.
Next Wednesday at the Barge, Steven Beck starts his Beethovenathon. During four concerts on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday he will perform sixteen sonatas. I know he has been practicing about sixteen hours a day for a while now and he tells me he is having a blast doing it. I am not surprised. Steven has been challenged many times. Let me tell you about my first experience with him.
Six summers ago I invited him to perform with me at the Barge for his debut performance. About six weeks before the concert I get a phone call—Steven has been in a terrible car accident: collapsed lungs! Broken Hands! Broken jaw! Just to name a few of the horrible injuries he suffered. Fast forward six weeks later—Bargemusic stage, Mr. Beck is at the piano with his wired jaws, metal bolts in his both hands and who knows what else, playing a Mozart Sonata with me—and beautifully—a total miracle…
See you at Barge,
Lots of Love,