Benjamin Warsaw, piano


When:October 19th; 8 p.m.
Where:Fine Arts Auditorium
Admission:free admission, no tickets necessary

About this event:
Armstrong music faculty member Benjamin Warsaw, D.M.A, piano, presents Frederic Chopin's epic opus 10 Études and George Gershwin's classical-jazz fantasia Rhapsody in Blue as well as some of his own original solo compositions in a free-admission solo piano recital.

American composer George Gershwin's classical-jazz fantasia Rhapsody in Blue may be one of the most recognizable concert piano pieces in the genre, originally written for performance with the famous Paul Whiteman Jazz Band. Subsequent to its 1924 debut Rhapsody in Blue was arranged for two pianos and then orchestrated for concert band, small orchestra and full orchestra. Including a film by the same title, Rhapsody in Blue has been used countless times in film and pop culture, including a famous airline television commercial campaign and in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby.

Chopin's emotionally transcendent opus 10 Études innovated the piano world by elevating a musical form that previously had been an exclusively technical training medium to the status of an artistic concert piece. Seeming to have a thematic origin, several pieces from this inspirational collection now have commonly accepted subtitles that were given by others, not by Chopin himself.

Talking about his recital program Warsaw shares that “the Chopin Études are a fantastically evocative yet individually distinctive set of short works that pianists everywhere know for their acrobatic and musical challenges. Everyone in our audience, though, will recognize these masterpieces for their sheer beauty and raw human empathy.”

Prior to recently arriving in Savannah from his instructor position at Georgia Perimeter College and the Georgia Academy of Music in Atlanta, Warsaw taught as a graduate assistant in Massachusetts at Boston University and in Rochester, New York at the Eastman School of Music. He has extensive collaborative experience in the world of dance and frequently can be found performing in solo recital. Warsaw holds a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from Boston University and a master of music in piano performance from New York's Eastman School of Music.

Free admission, no tickets needed for this event.

Call 912.344.2801 from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays, for information.
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