Piano masterpieces by women from four centuries and four continents

When: March 8 2021

Where: Virtual, United States

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On Monday, March 8, 2021, at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time, young American pianist Michael Lu - the founder, president, and artistic director of Classical Music for a Better World - will perform a special, live-streamed mini-concert celebrating International Women’s Day.

The program will include works by the Venezuelan Teresa Carreño (1853-1917); the Ethiopian Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (b. 1923); the German Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847); the Americans Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) and Florence Price (1887-1953); and the Bohemian Juliane Reichardt (1752-1783).

The concert will be completely free of charge to view and will be streamed on the personal YouTube channel of Michael Lu.  Following the live broadcast, a replay will remain available until April 8, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Despite the concert being free of charge, CMBW encourages listeners to donate in support of organizations that promote music composed by women; supports commissions of new pieces by women composers; and funds music education and musical instruments for students in such countries as the United States, Ethiopia, and Israel. By donating any amount via https://iwdcmbw.eventbrite.com, audience members gain access to an exclusive Q&A session with Michael following the concert. 45% of every donation benefits the Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation (https://www.emahoymusicfoundation.org), and another 45% supports the Boulanger Initiative (https://www.boulangerinitiative.org).

Michael’s March 8 program includes works by six women from four centuries and four continents - a beautiful manifestation of both the diversity and the rich evolution of humankind throughout history. Michael commences his program with the Sonata (No. 1) in G major by Juliane Reichardt from her collection “Lieder und Klaviersonaten” (songs and piano sonatas), which includes 17 songs and 2 piano sonatas (both of which are in G major). With this performance of this sonata, Michael also pays tribute to his late mentor Seth Carlin (1945-2016), who in 2003 made the first and only studio recording of this sonata on a 1796 Smith-Könnicke fortepiano.

Following the Reichardt, Michael then performs two sacred works: the Golgotha by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, and the März movement from the Das Jahr suite by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. The “second half” of the program commences with the Notes of Gratitude (2017) by Jennifer Higdon. He then performs a set of three pieces by Florence Price: the Fantasie nègre No. 4 in B minor, Remembrance, and Cotton Dance (Presto) – of which he gave the world prèmiere live performance at the 2020 Cleveland International Piano Competition “Virtu(al)oso”. Closing the second half and the entire recital in the purity of C major is Teresa Carreño’s Highland, op. 38.

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