One of the hottest stars in classical music returns to Michigan with a spectacular program this weekend when the Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear. Performances are March 8 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial; on March 9 at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill; and on March 10 at Oakland University.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Ravel: Pavane pour une infant défunte
Ravel: Alborado del gracioso
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Details from CMSD:
The CMSD’s new War Memorial Series concludes with the return of the extraordinary Canadian pianist, Stewart Goodyear, who made his CMSD debut just last season in an innovative presentation of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.
Regarded as one of the finest pianists of his generation, Goodyear is already a seasoned veteran of orchestras and concert stages worldwide, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony , Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Also known as an improviser and composer, Stewart Goodyear has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. Last season, he premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, “Callaloo,” with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and in July of this year, the Clarosa Quartet will premiere his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.
This extraordinary program pairs a late Beethoven treasure with the spectacular color of Ravel and the majesty of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.