Jun Asai Piano Concert 2018

Saturday, August 4, from 2PM at the Colburn School (LA downtown)


Beethoven Sonata Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”
Chopin Ballade No. 3
Schubert/Liszt “Auf dem Wasser zu singen”
Ravel Alborada del gracioso
Stravinsky Petrouchka

A laureate at many international competitions, Colburn alumna and pianist Jun Asai returns for her annual concert at Zipper Hall in a recital highlighting program music. Beginning with Beethoven’s op. 31 no. 2, allegedly inspired by Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” we enter the world of magic and illusion under the spell of Prospero the sorcerer. Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 has no such explicit program, but the title itself evokes the literary form in which a narrative was often set to music. The first Lied by Schubert conjures up the movement of waves at sunset as the poet muses on the passage of time. The second Lied tells the story of a boy and his father (and an unwelcome guest) riding through the forest at night, with one of the most bone-chilling endings in literature. Alborada is a morning serenade sung to wake lovers but, in this case, sung by…a buffoon (with a guitar). We return once more to the world of magic in Petrouchka, the classic tale of a puppet brought to life, only to be caught in a love triangle and violently murdered. But is he truly dead? Only you can tell. This recital is sponsored by Davar Church, where she currently serves as Music Director. For more information>>

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