Artist-In-Residence: Jeremy Denk

Friday, December 9, 2016 | 5:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium


Exploring Ives’ Sonata: A Conversation With Jeremy Denk

The evening before his performance, renowned pianist Jeremy Denk will speak with Philip Rupprecht, Chair of the Music Department at Duke University, about the program he will perform in Baldwin Auditorium. He will focus on Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata, a musically revolutionary portrait of Emerson, Thoreau, and other writers of the American Transcendentalist movement.

Tickets to his recital are available HERE.

Friday, December 9, 5 PM – 6 PM
Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive
Directions & Parking
Free & open to the public

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Jeremy Denk’s accolades include a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and a Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year award, and this Durham-born artist more than lives up to the acclaim. The New York Times hailed Denk as “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination — both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” That engagement comprises both his deeply felt performances and his sensitive writings about music for The New Yorker and other publications.

This visit features three spectacular showpieces for solo piano: Beethoven’s tumultuous Seventeenth Sonata; Schubert’s virtuoso Wanderer Fantasy; and Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata, a musically revolutionary portrait of Emerson, Thoreau, and other writers of the American Transcendentalist movement. Denk has become a tireless advocate for the revival of Ives’ work, particularly with his fervent performance of this piece, which he describes as “one of the most profoundly nostalgic and tender projects in all of music.”

 

Program

Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, op. 31, no. 2 (“Tempest”)
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, D. 760
Ives: Concord Sonata

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