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Clayton Stephenson, piano

Sunday, September 17, 2023

The Olivier Music Barn, 11:00 AM


DOMENICO SCARLATTI: Sonata in E Major, K. 380

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
Prestissimo volando

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata"
Allegro assai
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

GEORGE GERSHWIN–FAZIL SAY: “Summertime” Variations


HIROMI UEHARA: The Tom and Jerry Show

Our final concert of the 2023 concert season features a recital by pianist Clayton Stephenson, the first Black finalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2022 and a 2022 Gilmore Young Artist. Hailed for “extraordinary narrative and poetic gifts” and interpretations that are “fresh, incisive and characterfully alive” (Gramophone), he is committed to making an impact on the world through his music-making. Now studying in the Harvard-New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program, Stephenson grew up in New York City and began piano lessons and age 7. He was accepted into the Julliard Outreach Music Advance Program for underprivileged children the next year and credits the generous support of community programs with providing him musical inspiration and resources along the way. Making his Tippet Rise debut, Stephenson will perform a program Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in E Major, Scriabin’s Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Beethoven’s Sonata Appassionata, a virtuoso transcription of a work by George Gershwin, an Art Tatum arrangement of Tea for Two, as well as Hiromi Uehara’s The Tom and Jerry Show.

Stephenson appears by arrangement with the Cliburn.