Inside Voices features theme and variations on the great intimate works of classical music, as performed and improvised by composer/pianist Leon Rosen.
Saturday May 7, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Discount Tickets online: $15 General / $12 Seniors & Students
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At door: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
Tickets available at the door on the day, if the show is not sold out.
Beatles Cry Baby Cry
Ritchie Havens Follow
Leon Rosen Nicole #2
Thematic Improvisational Medley I
- Scriabin Prelude in D major Op 11 no 5
- Rachmaninoff Prelude in D Major Op 23 no 4
Thematic Improvisational Medley II
- Vincent Persichetti Little Piano Book Op 60 no 3 “Dialogue”
- Vincent Persichetti Little Piano Book Op 60 no 4 “Masque”
Brian Cason Sonora Rain
F. Chopin Waltz in C Sharp Major Op 64 no 2
Agathe Backer Grøndahl Op 45 no 1 “Song of Youth”
Tom Waits Innocent When You Dream
Cindy Lauper All Through The Night
Leon Rosen We Will Stop To Roar
Leon Rosen Grieving Friend of a Superman
Leon Rosen Let Me Cool
Leon Rosen Of Course
J.S. Bach Prelude in G Minor BWV 861
Leon Rosen Song of Joy
A. Scriabin Prelude in E Flat Minor Op 16 no 4
Scott Joplin Solace
Leon Rosen 25¢ Song
F. Chopin Waltz in Ab Major “Goodbye L’Adieu” Op 69 no 1
About the program
In this concert I hope to tell a lesser known story featuring some of the great classical composers in their more spare, essential settings, pieces that rarely get played because they lack a certain flash. A musical tale of something lovely and inwards. I assembled a collection of preludes, mazurkas, waltzes and other weird little songs. As I began to rehearse I could feel moments where I might stretch out here, and open up the field a bit there. Soon enough it became clear that this night would be an improvisation on the themes, in the spirit of these moments, late at night when a Scriabin or a Bach would carve out an oddly beautiful moment.
I want to reverse engineer this moment and introduce the audience to a space of the composer at the time of their creation. I’ve prepared a series of harmonic and rhythmic maps of these pieces and look forward to indulging in them with the audience at Incarnation. The second half of the night I look forward to presenting some of my own songs, for voice and piano.
“Inside Voices” comes from the phrase a schoolteacher might tell her class. “Use inside voices, kids!”
About Leon Rosen
Pianist Leon Rosen was mentored by legendary jazz artists Herbie Lewis and Sonny Simmons and attended The New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program/Mannes College of Music. He was involved with the peace movement in Jerusalem for several years, before returning to the Bay Area to work on recording. You can catch the Leon Rosen Band performing classically influenced Indie Rock. His first single, “Grieving Friend of a Superman” will be released in the summer of 2016.