Signature Series: Craig Nies, Piano in concert
After five years, indefatigable and prodigious pianist Craig Nies concludes his Well Tempered Clavier concert series. In the spring of 2007, Nies embarked on a journey to perform in concert the entire Well Tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach, which includes 48 Preludes and Fugues. Signature works from other important composers, including Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and sonatas by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Liszt.
The final installment will feature works by Chopin, Bach, and Beethoven's mighty "Hammerklavier" Sonata, which fittingly ends with one of the most demanding fugues ever composed for the piano.
The poet Mary Oliver spoke about one’s work being “mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” In looking back on the entire 48 of the Well Tempered Clavier, it is easy to be astonished-and grateful-for the experience.
Sponsored by the parents of a current Blair student.