Marfa Dialogues

BEETHOVEN: THE LAST PIANO SONATAS

SARAH ROTHENBERG

6 May 2008


Jeff Fort & Marion Barthelme in conjunction with Chinati Foundation, the Goode Crowley Theater, and Ballroom Marfa, warmly invite you to a very special evening with renowned classical pianist, Sarah Rothenberg, performing Beethoven’s late piano sonatas. The recital will take place at the Goode Crowley Theater on Saturday 10th May 2008 at 7pm; it is a free concert, and all are welcome.

Noted for her “power and introspection” (The New York Times) and “heart, intellect and fabulous technical resources” (Fanfare), pianist Sarah Rothenberg has one of the most distinguished and creative careers of her generation. She has received international acclaim as soloist, chamber musician, and for her exceptionally innovative programs. She has performed frequently on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in New York and at Washington’s Kennedy Center, as well as at London’s Barbican Centre, The Aldeburgh Festival, The Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), and leading concert series across the United States.

Her commitment to unjustly neglected composers of the past resulted in her U.S. premieres and recordings of works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (Das Jahr/ INDIE Award Best Solo Classical CD in 1996), Alexander Mosolov, Nikolai Roslavetz, Arthur Lourié (Rediscovering the Russian-Avant Garde 1912-1925/GM Recordings), and early piano works of Arnold Schoenberg (Shadows and Fragments: Brahms and Schoenberg/Arabesque). In addition, she has premiered over 75 works by composers of today, and recorded the music of Carter, Perle, Tower, Tsontakis, Ran, and Wuorinen.

In 2006, Sarah Rothenberg made her debut as soloist with the Houston Symphony and maestro Hans Graf; presented her latest original concert production, Epigraph for a Condemned Book, at La Jolla Music Society, the Hancher Auditorium at University of Iowa and Kravis Center in West Palm Beach; and appeared at the prestigious Gilmore Piano Festival and New Haven International Festival. Her writings have been published in The Musical Quarterly, Chamber Music, World Policy Journal, Nexus (The Netherlands), and the literary journal Conjunctions. Artistic Director of Da Camera of Houston since 1994, Ms. Rothenberg was previously a founding co-director of the Bard Music Festival in New York. She received the Medal of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government in 2000.

We are honored to bring Sarah Rothenberg to Marfa for this very special performance and we do hope that you will join us. Seating on the night will be limited, so please arrive promptly. Doors will open at 6.00pm.