Odyssey Season: Escape Presented by Kaleidoscope MusArt


Odyssey Season: Escape Presented by Kaleidoscope MusArt

When faced with confining circumstances, artists must balance the need to escape with the desire to hold close to their traditions and cultural identities. In this program, we hear a number of composers of different eras grappling with the concept of national identity. Chopin explores his Polish roots as a political exile living in France; Prokofiev describes the horrors of World War II as a Russian expatriate having just returned to his homeland; the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti explores a Portuguese and Spanish style while living abroad; the Bohemian-born Benda assimilates German and Italian influences in his keyboard works; Béla Bartók seeks to create an authentically Hungarian musical idiom, while simultaneously drawing influences from African and Southern-European countries; and Niloufar Nourbakhsh, a New York-based Iranian composer, explores the existential dichotomy of the human existence - the constant striving for action even within the direst circumstances such as the humanitarian crises in the Middle East.


Inesa Gegprifti
Maria Sumareva


Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 – Sergey Prokofiev
FIXED HbeaRT for piano and live electronics/tape – Niloufar Nourbakhsh (Honorable mention in KMA’s 2018 Call for Scores)
Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 213 – Domenico Scarlatti
Selection of Keyboard Sonatas and Sonatinas– Jiří Antonín Benda
Selections of Etudes op.10 – Frédéric Chopin
Piano Sonata Sz. 80 - Béla Bartók


Immediately preceding this program, our patrons will have the opportunity to attend the first Prelude Concert of our 2018-19 season, starting at 4:15pm. The Prelude Concerts build off of our Young Talents Showcase, seeking to discover and promote local pianists under the age of 18. Prelude Concert 1 will present six performers selected through recorded auditions paneled by professional pianists and pedagogues.


Performers of Prelude Concert 1:
Katherine Bardet
Dalia Azam-Naseeruddin
Luke Yang
Noor Azam-Naseeruddin
Jonathan Wang
Isabella Menendez

Program of Prelude Concert 1:
Night on the River, Op. 27 No. 4 – Dmitry Kabalevsky
Children's Piece – Samuel Maykapar
Sonatina in G major, ANH. 5: Romanze – Ludwig van Beethoven
Arabeske, Op. 18 – Robert Schumann
Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 - Frédéric Chopin
Fantasie in D minor, K. 397 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66 – Frédéric Chopin


Free admission for youth under 18 years of age