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Ogunquit Performing Arts celebrates its 10 Annual Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Piano Festival by bringing two of the world’s best pianists to Ogunquit. This year’s festival features the music of the masters, as performed by two international artists: the passionate powerhouse Victor Goldberg, and the dazzling virtuoso Janice Weber.
On Friday, October 7 at 8 pm, Victor Goldberg opens the Festival with a program including Scarlatti, Mussorgsky, and Chopin. He is “an excellent pianist with a formidable technique, a powerful and a romantic soul … [his] intensely expressive performance had a powerful emotional impact.” New York Concert Review.
On Saturday, October 8 at 8 pm, Janice Weber performs works by Beethoven, Czerny, Grieg, Schumann. She also includes a “ferociously difficult” Etude by Franz Liszt, the composer with whom she is frequently identified for her brilliant interpretations. “A stupendously heroic program...with spirit and imagination" The Times, London.
The Festival concludes on Sunday, October 9, with a 3 pm Student Piano Recital, showcasing the area’s best young pianists. It is here that talented local students have the opportunity to perform on OPA’s fabled Concert Model C Steinway grand piano before a live audience. Admission to this performance is free.
The Festival honors the memory of Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham,founder and first chairperson of Ogunquit Performing Arts. A pianist herself, Betty saw to it that OPA acquired its spectacular Steinway.
Victor Goldberg has been hailed as a performer with "astute interpretive sensibilities" by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, and has received praise from The Washington Post for his "emotionally frank style" and "technique to burn."
Goldberg is a strikingly original yet highly sensitive and imaginative pianist. He is a master of focused emotion whose commanding stage presence has won him a major following worldwide.
He has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, and Musashino Hall and Toppan Hall in Tokyo.
His concerto engagements include the Sofia Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Tenerife, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea.
He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Pro Musicis International Award, and the Artist Recognition Award at the International Keyboard Festival, New York. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared Victor Goldberg an "Israel Cultural Ambassador," resulting in numerous collaborations with embassies world-wide.
Goldberg also has performed charitable concerts in such distant locations as Yangon and Mandalay. His charity concert at a Buddhist orphanage allowed him to share his emotional connection to and appreciation of music to 6000 children who had never had an opportunity to hear a live classical music performance. This occasion prompted Dr. Goldberg to co-found the Key Vive Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting charitable causes by using the power of music to enrich the human spirit and bring people closer to one another. He currently serves as Artistic Director.
Janice Weber returns to Ogunquit in solo concert, (having appeared here last June in a chamber ensemble when she graciously stepped in as a last-minute replacement for the injured pianist.) She is known world-wide for her hair-raising virtuosity, specializing in the most fiendishly difficult solo repertoire.
“Weber's grasp of the musical language outshone even her technique, which is high praise on a program as challenging as hers.” Washington Post
“As Weber conquered Liszt, she also conquered the audience … Her performance of the Etudes was indeed transcendent.” San Francisco Chronicle
A summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Janice Weber has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art, and Boston's Symphony Hall. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony. She has performed at the Bard, Newport, La Gesse, Husum, and Monadnock summer festivals and has twice toured China under the auspices of the American Liszt Society.
Her world premiere recording of Liszt's 1838 Transcendental Etudes elicited acclaim from Time Magazine: "Liszt later simplified these pieces into the still ferociously difficult Transcendental Etudes (1852 version) for fear that no one else could play them. There may now be several fire-eating piano virtuosos who can execute the original notes, but few can liberate the prophetic music they contain as masterfully as Janice Weber does here."
Miss Weber recorded Liszt's last Hungarian Rhapsody, one of only two living pianists to be included in a compendium of historic performances by nineteen legendary artists. This disc subsequently won the International Liszt Prize.
Her recordings also include Rachmaninoff's complete transcriptions; with the Lydian Quartet, Leo Ornstein's vast Piano Quintet; flute and piano works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert; and waltz transcriptions of Godowsky, Rosenthal, and Friedman.
She is a member of the piano faculty at Boston Conservatory and MIT.
Miss Weber is also a published author. Her lively novels, most of which have something to do with music, have an international following. She also produced the tones for Ivory, the global bestselling virtual piano software.
These are two thrilling concerts by two spectacular artists. Don't miss Victor Goldberg on Friday, Oct 7th at 8:00 pm, and Janice Weber on Saturday, Oct 8th at 8:00 pm. Meet and greet the artists following the performances. Refreshments will be served.
And don't forget the Student Recital on Sunday, Oct 9th at 3:00 pm, to hear the piano stars of the future!
All concerts are at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit.
TICKETS are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $25 Series, and $5 student, and may be purchased at the Dunaway Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop, Ogunquit Welcome Center, and Arts Ogunquit Building through October 6th.
Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ogunquitperformingarts.org until one hour prior to each concert.
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