17/18 Piano Recital Series: Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano
Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).
Benjamin Grosvenor became a classical music star before he became a teenager. In 2004, he won the BBC’s Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, a victory that catapulted him to the most prestigious halls in the world and won him substantial critical acclaim. In the twelve years since, Grosvenor has proven his staying power, appearing with major orchestras and recording an award-winning series of solo albums. At twenty-four, he is frequently praised for his musical maturity; The New York Times raved that Grosvenor “commands the stage with aristocratic ease” and “makes you sigh with joy.”
For his appearance at Duke Performances, Grosvenor offers spirited, sensitive interpretations of Bach’s diaphanous French Suite No. 5, Mozart’s vivacious and winding “Linz” sonata, and a solo piano arrangement of Debussy’s Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune. He floats through Berg’s dreamlike sonata, op. 1, before the concert’s grand finale, Ravel’s tempestuous Gaspard de la nuit. Don’t miss the remarkable young musician International Piano calls “ a master of grandeur and of the subtlest range of color and nuance, devout and dazzling.”
Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
Mozart: Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333 (“Linz”)
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (arr. Borwick/Copeland)
Berg: Piano Sonata, op. 1
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit