In this edition of Coastal Classical Music, host George Cady previews the Brookings-Harbor Friends of Music concert of September 18, 2016. This, the first concert of Friends of Music’s 32rd season, features ZOFO, a four-hand piano duo. The four hands belong to internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi, who have thrilled audiences around the world with their outside-the-box piano artistry.
The concert will feature four composers (Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and Harold Shapero) who knew each other, learned from each other, wrote music for four-hands piano, and at times, “shared the bench” or used the genre to explore larger symphonic forms.
ZOFO has previously recorded the same program in an album that received a Grammy nomination for best performance by a small chamber music ensemble. The program concludes with a stirring rendition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in its original four-hand version.
Host: George Cady, Producer: George Cady; Sound editor: George Cady
Beginning and end music: String Quartet no. 12 in F major ‘American’, Op. 96 by Antonin Dvorak, from musopen.org, Creative Commons Public Domain Mark 1.0 license.
All other audio clips are available on YouTube and used with authorization of E.B. Artists, artistic representative of ZOFO, August 18, 2016.