Horacio Lavandera Concert

Saturday, May 8, 2020 – 7:30PM

Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
11 4th AVE SW, Rochester MN

General admission: $20
Student price (ages 6-26): $5
Tickets available at:  https://horaciolavandera2020.brownpapertickets.com or at the Co-Cathedral’s Parish Office (Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm; Sun. 8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Program:

Rochester Minnesota
May 8, 2020 7:30 PM
I
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
12 Variations on “Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman” K.265 (300e) 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata no.23 “Appassionata”, in F minor, op.57         
Allegro assai                            
Andante con moto                    
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

II
DINO SALUZZI (1935*)
Three pieces (U .S. premiere):
La Casa 13                   
Claveles          
Donde Nací    

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Moment Musicaux D.780, op. 94
Nr. 3 F minor

Impromptus D.899, op. 90  
Nr. 1 Allegro molto moderato C minor
Nr. 2 Allegro E flat

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Variations sérieuses in D minor, op 54

GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
Original improvisations:
Swanee
Someone to Watch Over Me’S Wonderful / Funny Face
I Got Rhythm               

The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist has the privilege to announce that piano prodigy HORACIO LAVANDERA is returning to our city to offer an exclusive piano concert on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm. Following a series of concerts in Germany, Lavandera will be heading to the USA for a tour that will take him through the most outstanding venues in Rochester, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Naples, Florida.

As the youngest competitor, he won the highest prize at the III International Piano Competition Umberto Micheli at the age of sixteen, in Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Italy), playing a diverse repertoire, including pieces from baroque to contemporary music. He was also awarded a Special Prize by the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, for his interpretation of Ravel´s Concerto in G Major in the final round.

From that moment on, Lavandera has been invited to perform in some of the most important venues around the world in cities like Munich, Paris, London, Boston, Rome, Vienna, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and others.

Besides the Filarmonica della Scala, his presence has been requested by numerous prestigious orchestras, such as Mozarteum Orchester SalzburgOrquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión EspañolaLondon Chamber PlayersOrquesta Estable del Teatro RealOrquestra Metropolitana de LisboaYouth Orchestra of the AmericasOrquesta Sinfónica Nacional and Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires.

In addition to covering the classical repertoire, he seeks to spread and promote contemporary music, sometimes doing world-class premieres, having collaborated with musicians like Karlheinz StockhausenPierre BoulezMauricio KagelRichard DubugnonGuillaume ConnessonAtsuhiko Gondai and many others. He is in fact one of the pianists officially recommended by Stockhausen to perform his music.

Steinway artist, Lavandera’s program in the US will be a continuation of the program he offered here two years ago, including Beethoven (to whom he was devoted during a period of formation with Maurizio Pollini in Italy), MozartMendelssohnGershwinSchubert and Dino Saluzzi. Manfred Eicher, a legend in the music business, was responsible for Lavandera’s recording of Saluzzi’s album Imagenes, which has been published by ECM New Series and received numerous awards. Ted Gioia, music critic of the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, rated this album among the best 20 albums of the year 2015. Saluzzi, probably the most prominent living composer in Argentina, embodies a unique style, combining classical and contemporary musical styles with folklore, tango and jazz. Besides ECM Recordings, Lavandera has recorded CDs for Sony MusicEPSA and NIBIUS, among others.

In 2014, he was featured in the movie “Zonda, folclore argentino”, by Oscar nominee Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura.

Horacio Lavandera has been highly praised internationally. Here a few comments:

  • “Golden hands of a young prodigy” – Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, Paris/France.
  • “Horacio Lavandera brings Schubert to life” Bianca Schumann. Klassik begeistert  (Vienna)
  • “Horacio, young prodigy” – Lina Sotis, Il Corriere Della Sera, Milan/Italy- Published after his presentation in the Teatro alla Scala de Milan.
  • “Horacio Lavandera has fascinated the audience of the Scala playing Ravel´s Concerto in G” – Angelo Foletto, La Repubblica, Milan/Italy.
  • “From the first minute, it was clear that this 17-year-old can play the piano brilliantly” – Klaus Kalchschmid, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich/Germany.
  • “Your talent is given by GOD” – German contemporary composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kürten/Germany, 2004.
  • “Merci infinitement pour une execution trés brillant” – French contemporary composer Pierre Boulez, Paris, 2009.
  • “Lavandera has astonished the public with impeccable articulation, precise touch, transparent discourse, accurate dynamics, amazing concentration and infallible memory, using his virtuosity with intelligence” – Alberto González Lapuente, ABC, Madrid/ Spain.
  • “Horacio Lavandera proved to have extraordinary virtuoso skills, plus a first-class interpretive sense. His performance was high profile and received with unanimous success” – Tomás Marco, El Mundo, Madrid/Spain.
  • “Brilliant virtuosity combined with Lavandera’s rhythm-feel to a captivating experience.” Susanne Eckstein, REUTLINGER NACHRICHTEN, Südwest Presse.
  • “[Horacio Lavandera] allows himself the tour de force of playing two of the biggest concertos for piano in one program. And he does it masterfully” – Jaime Donoso, El Mercurio, Chile.
  • “A young phenomenon to present, the Argentine pianist Horacio Lavandera, undeniably virtuoso” – Luiz Paulo Horta, O Globo, Brasil.
  • “The result is a performance that shows the good work of a pianist who, having reached his thirties, owns maturity and showcases masterful technique that lets him approach almost anything.” – Josep Pascual. Scherzo, music magazine. 2016.
  • The recording named “Horacio Lavandera Plays Astor Piazzolla” received the Award “Golden Melómano” in 2016. The publication stated: “Lavandera takes us into the world of Piazzolla brilliantly, using the typical rhythmic flexibility and freedom of aesthetic expression of the composer”. – Francisco J. Balsera. Melómano, The Classical music magazine.

Lavandera’s Latin temperament, coupled with German perfection and deep knowledge of the twentieth century repertoire, guarantees an exceptional interpretation ahead of us. Truly, a concert no one in Minnesota should miss.

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