This Friday, in the final concert of Adam Sherkin’s concert series at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the music is all about iconic composers of piano music who were also well known as performers in their times: Domenico Scarlatti, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. Two pieces by Sherkin—As At First (2011) and the premiere of Cŵn Annwn (2014)—will also be heard this evening.
When we think of composers of classical piano music, we don’t always remember them as performers, because they concertized during a time when sound recording technology was not as widely available as it is today. While the role of singer-songwriter is readily recognizable from the mainstream to the indie, the idea of a contemporary classical composers who is also performers hasn’t quite caught on yet.
Sherkin identifies strongly with both these roles, and is closing out his season with a concert that will be a celebration and meditation on this theme. Don’t miss the pre-concert chat at 7:15pm and join in on the discussion.
For a taste of music by a modern-day composer/performer, below is a clip of Sherkin’s As At First:
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