Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin will be leading a special concert at Carnegie Hall entitled "With You, Armenia" in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks some 100 years ago. As Classicalite contributor James Inverne duly lets us know, the concert will juxtapose Armenian composers with works by Chopin and, surprise, will feature the world premiere of a newly composed work by Krzysztof Penderecki. Poland's greatest living composer, as per the 'Guardian,' yes, Mr. Penderecki is all too familiar with historical horrors--and how to honor them.
Evgeny Kissin has pulled off a brilliant coup with his latest project, an exploration of Jewish music and Yiddish poetry--both performed by him. And the performance, at Washington's Kennedy Center, was hailed by Washington Post critic Anne Midgette as one of the finest things she had ever witnessed.
Russian/British/Jewish pianist Evgeny Kissin issued the following quite emotional appeal--in Russian/English/Hebrew--for his fellow professionals' solidarity with his newest country.
"I am a Jew, Israel is a Jewish state--and since long ago I have felt that Israel, although I do not live there, is the only state in the world with which I can fully identify myself, whose case, problems, tragedies and very destiny I perceive to be mine." -- Evgeny Kissin
Russian-Brit superstar pianist Evgeny Kissin will become an Israeli citizen on Saturday, December 7, 2013. He has received the personal backing of another prominent Russian (now leading Israeli politician), Natan Sharansky.
A couple of days late, but..."Happy birthday to you, / Happy birthday to you, / Happy birthday dear Verbier Festival, / Happy birthday to you!"
The reviews are in. And by all accounts, James Levine's handi-capable return to the Met Orchestra's podium was, in fact, triumphant.
Two years ago to this very date--April 10, 2011--James Levine conducted his last concert with the MET Orchestra. Pianist Evgeny Kissin was there, too, to play Chopin.
Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine will return to Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 19. Program includes music by Wagner and Schubert, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Evgeny Kissin.