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The Key Pianists Series Presents Jason Hardink
February 26 | 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Key Pianists Series, founded in 2015 by Terry Eder, will present pianist Jason Hardink in an unusually rich and challenging program of 20th-century works, complemented by selections from Liszt’s “Études d’exécution transcendante,” at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tuesday evening, February 26, 2019, at 8 pm. Reviewing Mr. Hardink for ConcertoNet Harry Rolnick wrote: “a pianist of such extraordinary power–and memory–that he is difficult to forget” (December 14, 2015).
Key Pianists has attracted numerous positive accolades since its inception. Noted arts journalist Michael Miller most recently had this to say: “An outstanding pianist herself, Terry Eder founded the series to give important players, much admired by their colleagues, more exposure among the general public. I have yet to attend any of these recitals that I did not thoroughly enjoy” (New York Arts, January 24, 2019).
For this program, Mr. Hardink has chosen to feature “[composers who sought] a transcendence of ordinary pianism through new textures and sonorities that often lie at the limit of feasibility.” He has a particular connection to these composers, especially Jason Eckardt, whose composition “Echoes’ White Veil” Mr. Hardink first discovered at the age of 25: “The raw power expressed by Eckardt’s music so deeply moved me;” writes Mr. Hardink, “that which previously appeared gauche and vapid now revealed a glimpse of the beyond, a spiritual territory brought to light by a deep musical striving for the seemingly impossible.”
The complete program follows:
JASON ECKARDT: “Echoes’ White Veil”
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: “Images,” Book II
IANNIS XENAKIS: “Evryali”
FRANZ LISZT: Selections from “Études d’exécution transcendante”
OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Selections from “Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus”
Tickets at $35 are available for purchase at: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2019/02/26/Jason-Hardink-Piano-0800PM | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th St and 7th Ave. Student and senior discount tickets are available at the Box Office.