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Pianist Kevin Navarro in concert: Beethoven2020 Project

Date & Time: Saturday July 25, 7:30  p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: Free Admission. Donations gratefully accepted.

Eventbrite Ticketing: Limited Seating. Register online.

Program

  1. J.S. Bach Italian Concerto
  2. L. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor “Appassionata”
  3. F. Chopin Two Etudes Opus 25
  4. F. Chopin Ballade No.1 in G minor
  5. F. Chopin Barcarolle in F# Major

For the 2020 Recital Series, I’ve selected iconic works from masters who shaped the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Eras of solo piano literature. We will begin the evening with J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto, a composition which typically is written for a solo performer and orchestra. However through only changes in texture and voicing Bach gives the effect of a solo instrument playing with a larger ensemble all in one clavier instrument. What follows is an incredibly emotional piece and one of Beethoven’s most famous piano sonatas – “Appassionata” Sonata No. 23 in F minor. This piece is considered by many to be one of his three great piano sonatas from the middle creation period – Waldenstein, Les Adieux and Appassionata. Concluding the evening will be four iconic works from the master of the Romantic Era – Frederic Chopin. Two contrasting styles of Etudes from Opus 25 will illustrate how Chopin brought artistry and drama to what were traditionally dexterity exercises for piano students. The next work, and perhaps the piece closest to my heart is Chopin’s Ballade No.1 in G minor. The historical Ballad tells a story in verse with or without music, however with Chopin’s masterpiece it is a musical composition for solo piano that tells a story in purely musical terms. The evening’s finale will be Chopin’s majestic Barcarolle in F# Major. Composed only three years prior to his death, the Barcarolle features a sweepingly romantic and slightly wistful tone. Artur Bielecki of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute once wrote –

“The Barcarolle, Op. 60 is a grand, expansive work from the late period in the oeuvre of Fryderyk Chopin. Chopin refers in this work to the convention of the barcarola – a song of the Venetian gondoliers which inspired many outstanding composers of the nineteenth century, including Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Liszt and Faure. Yet it is hard to find a barcarolle that would compare with Chopin’s work for beauty and compositional artistry.”

About the Artist

Kevin Navarro, classical pianist and vocal accompanist is a native of Seattle, Washington and has resided in San Francisco for nine years.  Kevin earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from Pacific Lutheran University School of Music, where he studied under Dr. Calvin Knapp of the Julliard School, Dr. Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities and Mira Frohnmayer, Chair of Vocal Studies at PLU School of Music.  During his tenure at PLU, Kevin served as the choral accompanist for both University Choral, and internationally renowned Choir of the West.  Kevin was very active in musical theatre and opera productions in the Seattle/Tacoma region, and has served as a principle/stage accompanist for PLU Opera Workshop, Tacoma Opera, Seattle Opera and the Tacoma Musical Playhouse including productions such as Madame Butterfly, Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute, and West Side Story.

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