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EMPAC Presents: An Evening of Beethoven by Pianist Per Tengstrand
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at presents Per Tengstrand, a Swedish pianist whom The Washington Post describes as “technically resplendent, powerful, [and] intuitively secure,” playing a recital of Beethoven sonatas. In a departure from standard recital format, he will also be talking about the composer and the musical form he made his own.

To Tengstrand, who writes about Beethoven almost as passionately as he plays him, the composer’s sonatas represent a more complex form of musical drama than anything written until that time. They also represent Beethoven’s response to the technology of the piano, which in the late eighteenth century was still a new instrument whose full capacities were still undiscovered. Following a recital of sonatas, Tengstrand will discuss how Beethoven set out to explore the piano’s possibilities and in doing so permanently altered the musical vocabulary of the West. The evening, which falls on the anniversary of Tengstrand’s recital at EMPAC’s opening weekend, will combine musical virtuosity with a provocative, witty take on the relationship between technology and creativity.

The show begins at 8:30 p.m. in EMPAC’s Concert Hall. For ticket information, go to www.empac.rpi.edu or call 276-3921.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 9, September 25, 2009
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