17/18 Piano Recital Series: Shai Wosner, Piano • 'Schubert's Last Sonatas'

17/18 Piano Recital Series: Shai Wosner, Piano • 'Schubert's Last Sonatas'

Saturday, February 24 | 8 pm
Sunday, February 25 | 3 pm
$20 Ages 30 & Under
$10 Duke Students

General Admission

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).


During the last decade, the brilliant Israel-born, New York-based pianist Shai Wosner has earned spots as a soloist with the world’s top orchestras, a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, laurels from The New York Times and the BBC, and collaborations with some of the world’s brightest young composers. Wosner’s reputation stems, in part, from his deep devotion to Franz Schubert. A 2011 recording established Wosner as “a Schubertian of unfaltering authority” (Gramophone), while a 2014 collaboration paired works by Schubert with new compositions inspired by his music, written by composer Missy Mazzoli.

Over the course of his new two-concert program, Schubert’s Last Sonatas, presented in the round in the intimate Nelson Music Room, Wosner plays Schubert’s final six piano sonatas. In the first concert, Wosner begins with the otherworldly D845, the extroverted D850, and the serene D894, the only three sonatas published during Schubert’s lifetime. In the second concert, he plays Schubert’s great sonata trilogy of 1828 —  the dramatic Beethovenian D958, the lyrical D959, and the vertiginous D960 — written just before the composer’s death and published a decade later. Though initially overlooked, these works, which Wosner has called “six thick novels, rich with insight about the human condition,” now rank as landmarks of the solo piano repertoire.


Part One: Saturday, February 24, 8 PM
Schubert: Sonatas in A Minor, D. 845; in D Major, D. 850; in G Major, D. 894

Part Two: Sunday, February 25, 3 PM
Schubert: Sonatas in C Minor, D. 958; in A Major, D. 959; in B-flat Major, D. 960