THURSDAY 01 JANUARY - 12:00 AM
RE-IMAGINING SONDHEIM FROM THE PIANO
Anthony de Mare piano
Liaisons is a landmark project based on the songs of legendary musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim. Conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, 36 composers from a broad variety of genres from Sondheim’s own world of musical theatre to jazz, classical, pop, film and beyond were invited to ‘re-imagine’ a Sondheim song of their choice as a solo piano piece. The cast list of composers includes Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Ethan Iverson, representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards. Having enjoyed rave reviews Anthony de Mare brings a selection of the music to Turner Sims for an evening which is both an homage and a celebration, making the case for Sondheim as one of the 20th century’s most influential composers – as at home in the concert hall as on the Broadway stage.
Liaisons is a revelation…De Mare’s playing was superb throughout, a combination of lyrical reflection and extroverted pyrotechnics.
San Francisco Chronicle