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On May 29, a special reception was held at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse to award pianist Jeremy Denk the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize. Pictured alongside Denk (left) are two past Avery Fisher Prize recipients, violinists Pamela Frank(center) and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (right) who both won the award in 1999. (Photo: Steve J. Sherman)

Jeremy! What a charmer. 

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On May 29, a special reception was held at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse to award pianist Jeremy Denk the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize. Pictured alongside Denk (left) are two past Avery Fisher Prize recipients, violinists Pamela Frank(center) and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (right) who both won the award in 1999. (Photo: Steve J. Sherman)

Jeremy! What a charmer. 

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The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) World Premiere

If you have ever live-streamed a live stream with us or anyone else, we’d recommend this one.

Hot off the presses:

The Ojai Festival is being live-streamed! It’s your chance to hear the world premiere of the new opera by Jeremy Denk ‘90 (libretto) & Steven Stucky (composer), conducted by Robert Spano ‘83.

The title?

The Classical Style: An Opera (of sorts)

Friday, June 13, 8 PM (PDT) or 11 PM (EDT)

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YiQiao Li, piano, on Rachmaninoff’s ‘Piano Concerto’

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Youthful

Rachmaninoff  was really young when he wrote this piece. So that the youthful energy is full of this piece. For example, basically, the rhythmic format of the third movement is in the alternation between 9/8 and 12/8 with tons of fast notes in both hands. It sounds like the young energy will never get tired. It keeps running and running, and it will never stop. Rach No.1 isn’t like the other two famous concertos (No. 2 and 3) which have tons of mysterious and complex harmonies—it’s relatively simple and predictable. Personally speaking, it feels like he wants to tell the world that “I’m young. I’m energetic and fearless.”

Soulmate

This is really about my personal feeling. It is hard to say why I chose soulmate, but it means that to me. Every time I play this piece, my tears cannot be controlled. The beautiful and sentimental melodies remind me of things which happened in the past few months. This piece has been a friend who would like to listen to the real voice from my heart, and I could communicate with it without any pressure (believe it or not, it happens :P). This special communication only belongs to “us.”  Nothing would be interrupted and I could enjoy this quiet and pure atmosphere.

Touching

I have lots of memories along with this piece. I used my entire summer to observe everything about it with my teacher in the last year. I still remember that in my dress rehearsal before the concerto competition, he told me that Rachmaninoff had performance on the same stage long time ago. And also my teacher encouraged me  that just have fun and be myself all the time. Because Rachmaninoff is up to there and watching me.   So this piece is really meaningful and touching for me. It is about the endeavor, encouragement and love from my teacher.  So for some extents, playing this piece is a salute to both of Rachmaninoff and my teacher.

Hear YiQiao perform her piece with the Oberlin Orchestra, live from Finney, Friday May 9 at 8pm

Original photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones

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