DANBURY, Conn. – Pianist Ben Laude will perform Saturday, April 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Danbury Music Centre’s Marion Anderson Recital Hall.
Laude will perform the complete Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, preceded by Steve Reich’s Piano Phase — a work written for two pianists, but performed at the recital by soloist Laude, who will play two pianos simultaneously.
At 29, Laude’s playing has been praised by the New York Times as “beautiful” and “superb in pace, tone and eloquence.” Laude holds doctoral and master’s degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School as well as a bachelor’s degree from Rice University’s Shepard School of Music. He has appeared as soloist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and has performed in both solo and ensemble settings across the country, including recent engagements in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Grand Rapids, Washington D.C, Austin and Miami.
An avid educator, Laude is on faculty at Bard College/Conservatory as well as School for Strings in New York City.
The concert is a special spring preview event for a new a summer program and concert series launched in August 2015 by the Danbury Music Centre called the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive (CMI), at which Laude is artist-faculty. CMI brings talented emerging musicians, who are recent graduates of Juilliard and other major conservatories to Danbury for a week in August to work in an intimate setting to teach and perform with local aspiring musicians.
Throughout the week, artist-faculty perform on the CMI Artist Concert Series, a series of public concerts at venues throughout Danbury that feature modern masterworks, the classic favorites and the music of living American composers in celebration of Charles Ives’s legacy. This summer, CMI will take place from Aug. 8-14.
Tickets for the April 23 recital are free for all 2015 CMI participants and for all 2016 CMI applicants. Tickets are $15 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event or online here .
The Danbury Music Centre is located at 256 Main Street.