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    October 22, 2021
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Art of Performance: How a Concert Pianist Interprets and Portrays Ideas
Friday 10/22 , 2021 at 5:00 eastern time (note the new time)

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Friday 10/22 (5:00pm) - The Art of Performance: How a Concert Pianist Interprets and Portrays Ideas. In the room: Beth Levin, an American classical pianist who studied with Rudolph Serkin, devoted to the highly expressive and demanding repertoire of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Ravel, as well as to the work of leading modernists. Come hear why she thinks acting and making music have deep connections. We'll look at interpretation, emotion and sub-text and explore the theatrical aspects of her performance style. And of course we'll consider how seventeen months in pandemic isolation has affected her, and what opportunities have kept her creative and productive.

    Since her age twelve debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Beth Levin has been celebrated as a bold interpreter of challenging works, from the Romantic canon to leading modernist composers like David Del Tredici and Andrew Rudin, both of whom have written works for her. The New York Times praised her “fire and originality,” while The New Yorker called her playing “revelatory.” Levin was taught and guided by legendary pianists Marian Filar, Rudolf Serkin, Leonard
 Shure, Dorothy Taubman, and Paul Badura-Skoda. “Levin plays with a rare percussive audacity, making notes and phrases that usually rush by in the background stand out in high relief,” writes Richard Brody in The New Yorker. “Her choice of adventure over suaveness,” stated David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “created a sense of barely controlled improvisation. "Levin has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Said Tiara Ataii in Music and Vision of her PERSONAE recording, “Levin’sperformance is near perfection, maintaining intensity in each note and crystalline tone in every register."