FRI, AUG 3, 2018, 7:30 PM
350 S 1st St
Jacksonville OR 97530
Program: Jonathan Biss, piano
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major • Jonathan Biss, piano
Christopher Cerrone: Will There Be Singing
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major
Growing up in Bloomington, IN, Mr. Biss was blessed with excellent teachers, starting with Karen Taylor, who – as his first instructor – helped him give what is still regarded as the definitive performance of the “Middle C Piece,” and continuing with Evelyne Brancart, who for six years was an invaluable source of information while Mr. Biss weathered what might best be termed an awkward adolescence. At the age of 17, Mr. Biss went to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher, which proved a phenomenal learning experience whenever Mr. Biss stopped looking under the piano to see if magic or pharmaceuticals were involved in the production of Mr. Fleisher’s surreally beautiful sound.
While Mr. Biss’s life in music provides him with tremendous satisfaction, playing music remains ever a struggle. He regards it as a pleasure and privilege to live this struggle, and to share its results with other people.