Anthony de Mare
Anthony de Mare
Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano
Featuring the new LIAISONS 2020 Commissions in honor of Sondheim’s 90th birthday
Sun, Apr 10 at 7PM PT
Royce Hall

“The adventurous pianist Anthony de Mare, a champion of contemporary music, merged his passion for Sondheim with his effort to expand the recital repertory… the resulting project required formidable virtuosity. Mr. de Mare’s playing was dynamic and stylish… I loved it.” - The New York Times

Celebrated pianist and genre-busting new music champion Anthony de Mare pays tribute to the musical genius of Stephen Sondheim with 14 new commissions of Sondheim songs, re-imagined for piano by some of today’s leading composers in jazz, film, theater and classical music including Timo Andres, Jon Batiste, Ted Hearne, Meredith Monk, Jeff Beal and others.

Building on his acclaimed Liaisons project, a remarkable compendium that featured 36 Sondheim works re-imagined by the likes of Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Fred Hersch, Mason Bates, Thomas Newman, Wynton Marsalis, Eve Beglarian and Jason Robert Brown, Liaisons 2020 was commissioned in honor of the Maestro’s 90th birthday. The program will feature works from both collections in this West Coast premiere of the entire Liaisons 2020 project. Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng joins de Mare performing Steve Reich’s “Finishing the Hat - Two Pianos” and the west coast premiere of Conrad Tao’s two-piano version of “Move On.”

Funds provided by the Merle and Peter Mullin Endowment, the Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director's Discretionary Fund and Alan M. Schwartz through support of the CAP UCLA Director's Fund. The Liaisons compositions by Ted Hearne and Timo Andres were commissioned by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance. 

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