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Great Piano Performers in Recital at Tanglewood: Conrad Tao
August 15, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM$12
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
American pianist Conrad Tao made his Tanglewood debut as soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G in August 2019.
Known as a composer as well as a pianist, Tao shows the breadth of his musical interests in this recital of music at the center of which is Beethoven’s towering Tempest Sonata, which exploits the full range and power of the piano. The shorter 20th- and 21st-century works flanking the sonata include two studies by the important American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger; Cuban-born composer Tania León’s Ritual, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang’s introspective wed, and Conrad Tao’s own contemplative All I had forgotten or tried to. Opening the program is a 2017 piece commissioned by Tao from Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, Injust Intonations, a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.