Pianist Brian Ganz will offer a free all-Chopin concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road, on Sunday June 23, at 7:30 p.m. Ganz will play Chopin’s Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, and Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52. He will also perform a selection of Chopin’s Mazurkas, Nocturnes and Preludes as well as take requests and speak on the power of Chopin’s music to tell non-verbal stories. The concert is free of admission charge. There will be a voluntary collection to support the church’s ministry and programs. For more information contact 410-266-8044 or www.brianganz.com
Over two years ago, Pianist Brian Ganz began his “Extreme Chopin” quest to perform all of Frédéric Chopin’s works. Three sold out recitals at the Music Center of Strathmore have nurtured Ganz’s ambitious endeavor to perform the approximately 250 works of Chopin over the next decade. The next solo recital in the series will take place at Strathmore on February 22, 2014 at 8 pm, to be followed just two weeks later with Ganz’ first performances with orchestra in the series, on March 8 and 9 at 8pm and 3pm respectively. He will play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the National Philharmonic. To purchase tickets visit nationalphilharmonic.org or call 301-581-5100.
Ganz has just returned from a concert tour of northern Italy and later this summer he will perform a solo recital on July 30th at the Washington International Piano Festival at Catholic University. For more information visit www.washingtonpianofest.com. Ganz received glowing reviews after all three of his capacity “Extreme Chopin” concerts at Strathmore. An audience of about 2,000 attended each of the annual concerts. After the first concert the Washington Post wrote: “Brian Ganz was masterly in his first installment of the complete works.”