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"Piano Brilliance"
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Fremont, CA
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"Piano Brilliance"
Music at the Mission's Afternoon Salon Series Concerts:
Create memories that last a lifetime! Join us for intimate concerts of exciting music with dazzling performances by Music at the Mission chamber artists, accompanied by wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres in truly sublime settings.  

These afternoon's performance will be hosted at the beautiful residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lee of Fremont.

Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos is an electrifying instrumental narrative of young star-crossed lovers, gang conflict and hope for a better future. The Tony and Academy Award winning themes are brilliantly charged with dramatic tension.

Katherine Lee, piano
Alison Lee, piano

RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
   I. Non Allegro
   II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
   III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
DUKAS L'apprenti sorcier
DEBUSSY Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune
BERNSTEIN "West Side Story" Symphonic Dances
   arr. John Musto
Prologue - Somewhere - Scherzo - Mambo - Chacha - Meeting Scene - Cool Fugue - Rumble - Finale

"... American Alison Lee's magical Beethoven interpretation was ethereally played, beautiful and interesting." -AAMULEHTI [Finland]

The Music at the Mission Salon Series continues this month with Piano Brilliance featuring Katherine Lee, a member of Fremonts Music at the Mission Chamber Players, and guest artist Alison Lee. In the tradition of Music at the Missions Chamber Music Outside the Box performances, this concert is not only virtuosic, but also unique. The program is composed entirely for two pianos.

The thrilling highlight of our afternoon concert on March 20, is Leonard Bernsteins West Side Story Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos, an electrifying instrumental narrative of young star-crossed lovers, gang conflict and hope for a better future, says Aileen Chanco, Executive Director of Music at the Mission.

Spiced with Latin dance themes, finger-snapping West Side Story is Bernstein's most memorable Broadway score and the foundation for West Side Story Symphonic Dances. The Tony and Academy Award winning musical themes are brilliantly charged with dramatic tension.

The concert opens with a work by one of the worlds most beloved pianists whose keyboard technique was also formidable, Rachmaninoffs Symphonic Dances, Op.45 for Two Pianos. No composer has ever drawn a more powerful sound from the piano. [;NPR]; Although criticized during his lifetime for composing what was deemed to be overly nostalgic, his beautiful melodies and moody romanticism now rank among the greats.

Paul Dukas The Sorcerers Apprentice feels contemporary no matter what the era because it is meticulously crafted and delightfully ingenious. It has a long association with Disneys Fantasia, with Mickey Mouse as the apprentice. However Dukas tone poem isnt from the 1940s; it was written in 1897, based on Goethes 1797 literary poem of the same name.  

Another enchanting work on the program, also inspired by a poem, was a favorite of the French Impressionists from the moment it was composed, Debussys Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune for Two Pianos. The conductor of its first public performance was amazed at the composers ability to reproduce at the keyboard, all the orchestral colors and the nuances of the individual instruments.

Katherine Lee is in full command of colors and nuances having received her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where she
was showered with honors and studied with Anton Nel, winner of the prestigious
Naumburg International Piano Competition. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from USC where she studied with acclaimed piano virtuosos John Perry and Norman Krieger.

Currently a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, where she studies with Lydia Artymiw, Alison Lee holds a masters degree from Rice University, and a bachelors from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with the much lauded Dr. Jon Kimura Parker and Angela Cheng. Ms. Lees performance has been described as magical and ethereally played by the international press.

The magnificent artistry of Music at the Mission Players and the wonderful concert programs are reasons enough to give our Salon Series a try. But when you include fine wines and gourmet hors d'oeuvres at a lovely private home, why hesitate? as season subscriber Sandi Pantages aptly puts it.

Piano Brilliance takes place on Sunday, March 20, 2016, from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Tickets are $55 for a single or $100 per couple and include wine and hors d'oeuvres. Advance reservations are required, because the concert address in Fremont will be disclosed upon ticket order confirmation. If you have any questions, please contact Music at the Mission at  

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Music at the Mission
Piano Brilliance
Sunday, March 20, 2016
3:00pm  5:30pm
Tickets are $55 single & $100 couple
Wine & gourmet hors d'oeuvres included / 510-402-1724


Address will be disclosed with order confirmation
Address will be disclosed with order confirmation
Fremont, CA 94539
United States


Arts > Performance
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Music > Classical

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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