Events - Saturday, 22 September 2012

Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 22 September 2012 - 8:00 PM
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Emanuel Ax is a beloved giant among performing artists of our day. The pianist has played for the Harriman-Jewell Series 11 times, most recently in October 2010, for a benefit recital in memory of the Series’ late founder, Richard Harriman. As artist in residence with the New York Philharmonic for the 2012-2013 season, Ax will make appearances at New York City's Lincoln Center in addition to a spring tour with the orchestra to Europe. Ax lives in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975, he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. Due for release later this year is a new recital disc of works from Haydn to Schumann to Copland reflecting their different uses of the “variation” concept. Recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman, Strauss's Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninov with Yefim Bronfman. Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. Ax also contributed to an international Emmy Award-winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

His planned program Includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 2 in A Major and No. 8 in C Minor “Pathétique,” and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
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