Murray Perahia begins tour in Arizona

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The Gilmore presents Murray Perahia on March 18

Murray Perahia begins tour in Arizona

Distinguished pianist Murray Perahia performed in Sonoma on March 7 to a very pleased crowd who received his performance with multiple standing ovations. His fast-paced, energetic recital at Sonoma State University – the first in his 2015 North American tour – was an inspiring one for newcomers, including Sonoma State student Greg Conner.

I’ve never seen a pianist in concert before… It was quite the experience to see Perahia perform with such passion, energy and grace.

Longtime Perahia fans are excited about his current program, the same he’ll be using for his March 18 appearance in Kalamazoo. It’s been called “an outstanding arrangement,” a compilation that “spans the joyful buoyancy of Bach and Haydn, the serious depths of Beethoven and Cesar Franck, and the virtuosic heights of Frederic Chopin.” The Arizona Daily Star calls the opening half of the program “a jolly launch” while the second half grows excitedly darker.

It’s rare to see a concert and emerge feeling like you have been exposed to some of the greatest works in the piano repertoire by names that read like classical music’s ‘Composers Who’s Who.’



Perahia visits Kalamazoo

Tickets are still available for Murray Perahia’s March 18 performance at Chenery Auditorium. His program contains the same repertoire from the Arizona performance (program notes available here).

  • BACH: French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817
  • HAYDN: Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:46
  • BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
  • FRANCK: Prélude, Choral et Fugue, Op. 21
  • CHOPIN: Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20

The Gilmore on WMUK

Gilmore Director Dan Gustin visited the studio of Kalamazoo’s local NPR affiliate, WMUK 102.1 FM, to discuss Murray Perahia’s appearance next week. Hear the interview here!




Murray Perahia
March 18, 2015 | 8 PM
Chenery Auditorium



359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 101
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007


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