International Japanese concert pianist Toru Oyama, who now makes his home in Indonesia, plays a program of Mozart Variations, the Schumann Symphonic Etudes, and an entire second half of masterpieces by Chopin.
International Concert Pianist Toru Oyama, a Japanese artist who now makes his home in Indonesia, will play a program of Mozart, Schumann and Chopin, and to boot, some of the greatest masterpieces of these immortal composers. What an over-the-top program to usher in the expansion of Classically Alive with events now at Colorado Piano Warehouse in downtown Colorado Springs! Events at Colorado Piano Warehouse will continue the Classically Alive tradition of great food, if not even better food, plus drinks included with the admission price. And the home concerts at the Minzer/Schreuder residence will continue as well. So, Classically Alive is expanding, and partnering with Colorado Piano Warehouse will ensure many, many more years of world-class musicianship enhancing the Pikes Peak region.
Toru Oyama opens his program with 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport in D Major by Mozart, a work that is from Mozart’s late, most sublime creative period. The variations are happy, playful, charming, brilliant, elegant, and always melodious – a perfect way to open the evening. The major work of the first half is the Symphonic Etudes by Robert Schumann. The work is made up of a theme followed by twelve etudes which are variations on the theme. The magnificence and range of expression truly bring the work to “symphonic” proportions. Etudes are often simply technical studies, and Schumann’s Etudes are very difficult to play, but in Schumann’s hands these “studies” become music of the highest order. Along with Carnaval, Kreisleriana and the Fantasy in C, many musicians include the Symphonic Etudes among Schumann’s greatest piano works.
The entire second half is dedicated to the music of Chopin, hardly in need of introduction, one of the most beloved composers. Maestro Oyama chooses all late works of Chopin, where the composer’s craft and inspiration is at its peak. Opening the second half is the lovely G Flat Impromptu, a salon-style piece magically elevated to the sublime, and with its meandering brook-like melody. A Chopin work of around ten minutes, is consider a major Chopin work. The first major work follows next, the Ballade in F Minor. This work often considered the greatest of Chopin’s 4 Ballades, opens with melodies of heartbreaking beauty and then segues into various episodes and variations on the main melody, and in the end, builds to an enormous climax of utmost passion. The next major work, the Scherzo in E Major, is of a totally opposite nature, full of brilliant pianistic writing, with lots of fun, humor, surprising shifts, a tender melodic middle section, and a virtuosic uplifting coda. The final work on the program is the Polonaise in A Flat Major, one of Chopin’s most famous compositions. Known as the “Heroic” Polonaise, one can hear Chopin’s patriotic call to his people of Poland and to their brave fight for freedom. A standard program closer by great pianists such as Rubinstein and Horowitz, the A Flat Polonaise closes this magnificent debut evening of music at Colorado Piano Warehouse.
Ticket includes food and drink.
Phone: (719) 229-2239
2018/08/24 - 2018/08/24
Additional time info:
Door opens at 6 p.m. There will be a social time with food and drink after the show. Valet parking is available upon request.