Friday, March 09, 2012

Portrait of a Mad Musician: Pianist Henning Vauth

Guest pianist Henning Vauth performs a portrait of a mad conductor, plus one of Mozart’s most popular sonatas and other works on Friday, March 9 at HSU.

German-born Henning Vauth won the Concours Grieg International Competition for Pianists in Norway and the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition in Italy. He has performed at Lincoln Center and major venues in Berlin and Paris.

At HSU he will play Kreisleriana by 19th century composer Robert Schumann, based on writer E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fictions about Johannes Kreisler, an eccentric orchestra conductor “freed from the shackles of society by the ‘madness’ of music.”

Vauth also performs Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K. 330, described by Albert Einstein as “a masterpiece in which every note belongs—one of the most lovable works Mozart ever wrote.”

He concludes with piano transcriptions of works by Bach (“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”), Rachmaninoff (“Daisies”), and from Donizetti’s opera Lucia de Lammermoor.

Pianist Henning Vauth performs on Friday March 9 at 8 Fulkerson Recital Hall on the Humboldt State University campus in Arcata.  Tickets $8/$3 from the HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door.  A Guest Artists concert produced by the HSU Music Department.

Media: Arcata Eye, Humboldt State Now

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