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Each month Sherman Clay presents in-store music events for the local public. From student recitals and local artists to international personalities in the music world, Sherman Clay offers new and exciting monthly music events you can share with friends and family. Please book mark this page and come back often for listings of new music events. Or you can sign up for eNotes our monthly newsletter, It's quick and simple, offering music events and promotion information. Feel free to call us at 206.622.7580 for more information about our music events
Lunchtime Concerts Begin Again
Each Thursday at 12:15 PM – Free concert
We have the calendar filled with great talent!
Free concerts. No RSVP needed. Just drop in.
Lunchtime Concert Series with Benjamin Salman
Thursday, May 23 at 12:15PM
About the artist:
Benjamin Salman is an eighteen year old homeschooled student. He has been studying piano and composition seriously since the age of ten, though he has improvised on the piano for as long as he can remember. He lives in Seattle, where studies with his father, Mark Salman; he also attends the Seattle Conservatory of Music, where he participates in the performance, academic, and chamber music programs. In addition to performing in solo recitals, Benjamin has enjoyed success in various competitions. He was awarded first prize in the senior division of the romantic era competition in 2012 and the 20th century era competition in 2013 at the Seattle International Piano Festival; in 2011 he was the second runner up in Seattle Philharmonic’s Don Bushell Concerto Competition, and earlier this spring he won second place in the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Concerto Competition, leading to his concerto debut with the Bainbridge Symphony playing Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. Benjamin is also an accomplished composer. For the last three years he has participated in the Seattle Young Composers Workshop, where he has had his compositions performed at Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall by members of the Seattle Symphony. In addition to music, his interests include history and geography; he came in 12th in the nation (1st in Washington State) in the 2009 National Geographic Geography Bee. He intends to study piano and composition in college, and particularly admires the music of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Brahms.
Piano Sonata # 26 in Eb Major, op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’ Beethoven
I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio – Allegro
II. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente
Toccata, BV. 287 Busoni
Scherzo und Marsch Liszt
Spring Concert with Armine Naghdyan and Lev Koshkin
Saturday, May 25th @ 7:00PM
Concertino in C Major……………….J. S. Bach
En Blanc et Noir………………………..Debussy
Capriccio d’apres Le bal masque……….Francis Poulenc
Armenian Rapsody………...Harutyunyan Babajanyan
Lunchtime Concert Series with David Brooks
Thursday, June 13 at 12:15PM
Haydn: Sonata in A flat Major Hob XIV: 46
Clementi: Sonata in g minor Op. 34 #2
Thursday, June 27 at 12:15PM
Scarlatti: 5 Keyboard Sonatas
Cage: 5 Sonatas for Prepared Piano
Thursday, July 11 at 12:15PM
Liszt: Sonata in b minor
Pianist David Brooks enjoys a multi-faceted life in music. As a performer, he plays a repertoire ranging from Alkan to Zwilich, spanning the avant-garde and neglected romantics, as well as the established greats. Probing the lesser-known areas of the piano repertoire is as much a priority as performing the enduring warhorses – in recital he is equally likely to play a new transcription hot off the press, as he is to play a Beethoven Sonata.
David was the first prize winner in the 2009 MTNA Washington State Steinway and Sons Young Artists Piano Competition, and in 2010 was a top prize winner in the Seattle Ladies Music Club Competition, which resulted in a statewide tour. He has appeared as a soloist with the Whatcom Symphony, University of Washington Symphony, and the Western Washington University Symphony. David has performed in Europe and across the United States. In 2009, he performed at Boston’s Gardner Museum and Brown Hall, and the Boston Globe called his playing “especially lush.”
Committed to the performance of new music, David has taken part in the world premiers of more than 30 compositions, performing works by Rzewski, Boulez, Cage, Schoenberg, Liebermann, Ornstein, and Feldman, among others. As a composer and transcriber, David has transcribed a wide array of works for solo piano by composers ranging from Bach to Penderecki.
David lives in New York and studies with Christina Dahl at Stony Brook in the Doctoral program. He also teaches at the State University of New York at Suffolk, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Piano. David holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studied with Robin McCabe. He also taught a studio of award-winning piano students at UW. David holds degrees in both piano and viola performance from Western Washington University, where he studied piano with Jeffrey Gilliam, viola with Eric Kean, and violin with Walter Schwede. While at WWU, he was awarded the Presser Foundation Scholarship, Western’s highest honor, and was the violist of the Ravenna String Quartet. David still regularly performs chamber music as a violinist and violist.
David has performed in Master Classes for pianists Frederic Rzewski, Margaret Leng Tan, Margo Garrett, Stephen Drury, Alan Chow, and Robert Roux, as well as in chamber music Master Classes for the Emerson, Takacs, and Pacifica String Quartets.
Born in 1903 in Kiev, Vladimir Horowitz is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He left his Russian homeland in 1925 and began to take the world by storm. He was revered for technical mastery, the breadth of tone color he drew from the piano, and the enthusiasm of his playing. His performances ranged in diversity with works from Scarlatti to Scriabin, and from Mozart to Mozkowski. He played the established classics but also championed newer works. He was considered a masterful interpreter of the great works of the romantic era and was acclaimed for his treatment of Liszt and Chopin. Rachmaninoff’s 2nd and 3rd Concertos became signature performances for Horowitz. Horowitz had an amazing ability to immerse himself in every piece, and each song that he played showed a bit of his personality.
In 1934, Steinway and Sons presented Vladimir and Wanda Horowitz with a Model D, serial #CD279503, piano for concert use as a wedding gift. In the 1940′s, this piano was replaced with CD314503, more commonly known as CD503. This is the piano Horowitz kept in his New York townhouse for the next almost-50 years and referred to as his “Beauty.” He often used it in recitals and recordings and it joined him on tour periodically, including for his triumphant return to the former Soviet Union for performances in Moscow and Leningrad in 1986.
This legendary Steinway & Sons Model D Horowitz Piano is on tour at Sherman Clay in downtown Seattle through December 19th. The tour provides a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, touch and even play CD503 and gain a unique personal connection to a man and his music on the instrument that was most personal to him. A number of recitals and performances are scheduled but time has also been set aside for members of the public to have a personal session with this unique instrument.
Some date and time restrictions apply, so please call today to schedule your appointment. We are scheduling appointments on a first come-first serve basis, so call now: 206-622-7580! This is a free event, but appointments are required.
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