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Music History Talk: Frederic Chopin

Vashon Center for the Arts
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Frederic Chopin: Revolutionary Pianist and Master of the Small Work (1810-1849)

Join Vashon resident, musician and musicologist, Michael Tracy for a multi-media presentation on Fredric Chopin that includes a lecture, slide show and a live piano performance.

By age 20, Frederic Chopin had published 24 etudes of piano technique that revolutionized how the piano was played. This lecture explains how the improvements in piano construction, especially the keyboard action, made this playing technique possible and necessary.

On Sunday April 15th, Michael will be joined by Mark Salman at the piano.

Mark Salman has been hailed as a “heroic virtuoso”, and “a dazzling performer”. He performed in Seattle ‘A Chopin Celebration’ – a series of three recitals celebrating the composer’s 200th birthday in 2010, five recitals in honor of Liszt 200th birthday in 2011. Marc recently released a recording of the late Schubert sonatas and “Chopin’s Intimate Art: the Mazurkas”.

Mark Salman, a native of Connecticut, began his studies at age eight and made his first recital debut at eleven. A graduate of The Julliard School, Mark also studied at MIT for two years concentrating on chamber music and composition. Mark lives and teaches in Seattle.