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Clayton Stephenson, piano

Sunday, September 17, 2023

The Olivier Music Barn, 11:00 AM



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

JOHANN STRAUSS–LEOPOLD GODOWSKY: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Die Fledermaus

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 an uplifting program including Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Beethoven’s Sonata Appassionata, virtuoso transcriptions of works by Johann Straus and George Gershwin, as well as Hiromi Buhara’s The Tom and Jerry Show.