Archive of Selected Performance Series
Liszt Bicentennial Project
A five concert series from January - May, 2011, Seattle.
In honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday and his legacy to the music world, Mark Salman presented five concerts of works by Liszt as well as composers who influenced him or were influenced by him. The concerts spanned Liszt’s origins and inspirations, his creative life and his influence on the 20th century.
To draw attention to Liszt’s own charitable work, each recital was dedicated as a partial benefit to a local cause or charity.
A Chopin Celebration - A series of concerts commemorating his 200th birthday
3 Recital Series: May 7, 21 and June 4, and lecture Apr. 24, 2010, in Seattle.
Selections from his Waltzes, Polonaises, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Sonatas and other works, along with commentary on his life, times, music and place in history.
Chopin's music has a remarkable relevance and expressive immediacy to audiences, its appeal as universal today as when it first appeared nearly 200 years ago. His music is unique in its exploration of the personal, in its vivid evocation of the subtle interplay of shades of feeling, at times welling up into emotions intense and overwhelming, that resonate deeply with the day–to–day human experience. Perhaps it is even more important to audiences of today, when the inner life of the individual is so often drowned out by the hectic pace and information overload of the modern world.
His music is constantly with us, and is central to the pianist's repertoire. Yet, with its immediate appeal, it is easy to take Chopin's art for granted and to overlook the truly radical nature of much of his work and that he was perhaps the most original artist of his time. His place in musical history and the huge influence his works had on his contemporaries and followers is too often underestimated.
Join pianist Mark Salman for this series of recitals, an opportunity to experience the broad range of Chopin's intellectual and artistic achievements, and to appreciate the emotional subtlety and complexity of his very personal yet universal art.
The Piano Music of Franz Liszt - from the Ultra-Romantic to the Avant Garde
A series of eight recitals in Seattle, that ran from April 2004 until March 2005, devoted to the works of this fascinating and misunderstood composer.
Franz Liszt was one of the most remarkable personalities of the 19th century, at the forefront of nearly every major artistic and intellectual trend of the age. From the first flowering of the Romantic era in his works of the 1830's to the stark, modern, almost expressionistic emotional world of the works of his old age, he was the greatest musical innovator of his day. Composers as diverse as Wagner, Ravel, Debussy, and Bartok acknowledged the tremendous debt they owed to Liszt's music. He was unique in his generosity toward other musicians: the most celebrated pianist of all time, he chose to use his fame and prestige to put on first performances of works by Schumann, Berlioz, Wagner and many others. Yet he was bitterly attacked by the musical establishment of his day for his radical musical ideas and for his support for the modern music of his time. Even today the tremendous scope of his musical accomplishments remains under–appreciated.
Beethoven Concerto Cycle
The Five Beethoven Piano Concertos and Choral Fantasy, performed in two concerts with Orchestra Seattle, George Shangrow, conductor, Fall 2006.