Tue Jul 30 19:00

Two Pianos, Two “Hams”: Marc-André Hamelin & Charles Richard-Hamelin

Canadian piano legends Marc-André Hamelin and Charles Richard-Hamelin — no relation — team up for what is sure to be an historic Chamberfest performance! For the first time at Chamberfest, the “Two Hams” join forces to deliver a program of Mozart, Chopin, C.P.E. Bach, Medtner, Chaminade, and Gershwin. Both internationally revered, pre-eminent pianist “of near-superhuman technical prowess” Marc-André Hamelin regularly sells out concert halls around the world, while Quebec’s Charles Richard-Hamelin is widely recognized as one of the most important piano players of his generation. Besides their impeccable technique, both are celebrated for their sensitive and thoughtful interpretations, moving through the classical repertoire to contemporary pieces with seamless ease. Known for their “luminous” performances, this piano duo is sure to shine!


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448
Allegro con spirito
Molto allegro

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Rondo in C Major for Two Pianos, Op. 73


Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34 No. 2

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788)
Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59/4

Cécile Chaminade (1857 – 1944)
Pas des Cymbales, Op. 36, No. 2

Nikolay Medtner (1880 – 1951)
Two Pieces for Two Pianos Op. 58
Русский хоровод (Russian Round Dance)
Странствующий рыцарь (Knight Errant)

G. Gershwin (1898 – 1937)/ P. Grainger (1882 – 1961)
Fantasy on Porgy and Bess

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