Pianist Anthony de Mare performs inspired interpretations of Sondheim’s work on September 21 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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CONTACT: Missy McTamney
September 10, 2012 – College Park, MD – Pianist Anthony de Mare reveals new layers of power and complexity in familiar works by Stephen Sondheim on September 21 at 8:00 p.m. in Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano. The performance is part of de Mare’s multi-year project in which 36 of the world's foremost contemporary composers each reimagine a Sondheim song of their choosing, scored for solo piano. The 20-song program will include a Center-commissioned work by Frederic Rzewski entitled "The News," inspired by "I'm Still Here" from Follies. Other works include "Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd, re-imagined by John Musto; "Being Alive" from Company, re-imagined by Gabriel Kahane; and "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music, re-imagined by Ethan Iverson.
About Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano
In Liaisons, de Mare has created an artistic showcase of the true magnitude of Sondheim’s works. The composers were chosen in consultation with Stephen Sondheim himself, who has given his blessing to the project and who attended the sold-out New York City premiere of the project in April 2012. He remarked from the stage, “To hear composers take my work and take it seriously… it’s a thrill.”
Anthony de Mare presented the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center premiere of Liaisons in the 2010-2011 season, featuring Center-commissioned works by composers Jake Heggie, Bernadette Speach and Kenji Bunch.
About Anthony de Mare
Anthony de Mare is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists, and one of its foremost champions of contemporary music. His provocative and engaging programs have led critics to declare he has “transformed the recital format” enlivening them with “a theatrical twist… more akin to a show than to a recital.” (New York Times). Having been awarded First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (The Netherlands) and The International Competition of Contemporary Piano Music (France), de Mare debuted under the auspices of Young Concert Artists and gave his Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall.
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