Sarasota Music Festival: Artist Showcase (Virtuosity)
This concert pays tribute to great composers and virtuosic performances. Henze’s work is a delightful throwback to Mozart. Rands cites jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans as sources of inspiration for his lively set of piano pieces. Poulenc melds Haydn, Beethoven, and Saint-Saens together into his own unique musical language in his playful Trio. Schubert’s work borrows from Beethoven. Almost infamous for its demanding technicality, it nevertheless maintains a playful sense of joviality throughout.