|Twenty-one pianos played by 21 pianists in the World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, will be the centerpiece of the free, week-long 88 Keys: A Celebration of the Piano (September 22-25) that opens the 15th year of the World Financial Center Arts & Events Program, New York's biggest free, year-round arts series.|
The event will include the U.S. premiere of Italian composer Daniele Lombardi's Sinfonia Nos. 1 & 2 for 21 Pianos and the world premiere of Mr. Lombardi's Threnodia for 21 Pianos dedicated to the victims of September 11. Both premieres, conducted by Antonio Ballista, feature 21 pianists playing together on 21 grand Fazioli pianos.
Daniele Lombardi http://www.danielelombardi.it has worked extensively on the music of the twentieth-century historical avant-gardes, including first modern performances of a large number of compositions of Italian and Russian Futuristic music, as well as composers such as George Antheil, Leo Ornstein, Alberto Savinio, Alexander Mossolov, and Arthur Vincent Lourié.
Other Events on 88 Keys: A Celebration of the Piano
Monday, September 22, at 7:00pm
Randy Weston's African Rhythms Quintet & Souloworks/Dances by Andrea E. Woods.
Randy Weston is a jazz and world music pioneer, pianist, composer, and bandleader. For this concert, he enhances his multitalented quintet with dances by acclaimed movement artist Andrea E. Woods.
Tuesday, September 23, at 7:30pm
The Eos Orchestra with Artistic Director and Conductor Jonathan Sheffer will launch its 2003-04 season in The World Financial Center's Winter Garden with a program entitled 3,2,1...Piano. The 33-piece Eos Orchestra will perform Mozart's Concerto for Three Pianos, Saint-Saën's Carnival of the Animals for two pianos and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Pianists Jorge Prats, Jeremy Denk and Christopher Guzman will be performing.
Thursday, September 25, at 12:15pm
Stewart Pollens, Musical Instrument Conservator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will give a free lecture accompanied by a live performance entitled The Piano: Three Hundred Years of Achievement. This lecture will be accompanied by the piano performance by Audrey Axinn.
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