Program Features Baroque and Classical Favorites Interspersed with Ragtime and Jazz
| Jeremy Denk, the MacArthur Fellowship-winning pianist known for his wit and compelling and enlightening programs, performs an eclectic solo recital on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. In this performance, Mr. Denk pivots from J.S. Bach to Paul Hindemith to Scott Joplin in a program reflecting his own musical curiosities. Meticulously curated, the first half of Mr. Denk’s program illustrates unexpected relationships—rhythmic complexities, humble charm, and sudden disruption—between short pieces such as Art Tatum’s “Tea for Two,” Paul Hindemith’s “Ragtime” from Suite “1922,” and Igor Stravinsky’s Piano-Rag-Music, and more. For the second half of his program, which is based on the idea of fantasy, he’ll conclude his recital with two giants of the solo piano repertoire: Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata and Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy.” Full program information is listed below.
Later this spring, Mr. Denk performs alongside members of Ensemble ACJW—young professional classical musicians participating in a two-year fellowship program created through a partnership between Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute, and the New York City Department of Education—in the 12th Annual Notables Occasion on May 26 presented by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari. The private performance will be followed by a cocktails and a dinner reception at Remi.
Made up of music lovers in their 20s and 30s, the Notables support the educational programs of the Weill Music Institute and celebrate music through intimate discussions, concerts, cocktail parties, and more. For more information, the public may contact the Notables office at 212-903-9734 or [email protected].
About the Artist
Last season, Mr. Denk launched a four-season tenure as an Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and performed Bach concertos with Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and on tour throughout the US. Following the release of his disc of the Goldberg Variations—which reached number one on Billboard’s Classical Chart—he performed the piece throughout Europe, including his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at London’s LSO St. Luke’s.
Mr. Denk’s 2015–2016 engagements include a fourteen-city recital tour of the US—including performances in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, San Francisco, and Miami—and culminating in his return to Carnegie Hall. He makes his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony, and in the UK, appears on tour in recital, including a return to the Wigmore Hall, and on tour with the Britten Sinfonia in Cambridge, Norwich, Southampton, and London.
In 2014, Mr. Denk served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival, for which, besides performing and curating, he wrote the libretto for a comic opera The Classical Style. The opera was presented by Carnegie Hall last season. Mr. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” The pianist’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. One of his New Yorker contributions, “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” forms the basis of a memoir for future publication by Random House in the US, and Macmillan in the UK. Recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing, his blog, Think Denk, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives.
Mr. Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their Sony Classical album, French Impressions, won the 2012 Echo Klassik award. He also collaborates regularly with cellist Steven Isserlis and has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Italian and American Spoleto Festivals, and the Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen Music, and Mostly Mozart Festivals. Jeremy Denk graduated from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and The Juilliard School. He lives in New York City.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
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