Gilles Vonsattel Returns to Piano Festival on Feb. 23

Gilles Vonsattel

The Howland Chamber Music Circle announces the return engagement by Gilles Vonsattel to mark the end of this year’s Piano Festival.

Gilles Vonsattel

Gilles Vonsattel

Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Swiss-born American pianist Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. With repertoire that ranges from Bach’s Art of the Fugue to works by Iannis Xenakis, and equally comfortable as a soloist and chamber musician, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers.

For his concert at the Howland Center, Vonsattel has chosen to play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27; the Moonlight, Afrique by Saint-Saens; three works by Liszt, Les Jeux d’eau de la Villa d’Este, Funerailles No. 7 from Harmonies poetiqe et religieuses, and Pensée des morts, Messiaen’s Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d’adieu from Preludes, and he will end with the rollicking Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues by Frederic Rzewski.

The concert takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, and will be followed by a reception to meet the artist.

For information and tickets at $30 ($10 for students), call 845-297-9243 or visit howlandmusic.org.


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