Hayes Piano Series
Sun Apr 2, 2 p.m.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Québecois virtuoso Charles Richard-Hamelin joins the illustrious ranks of Hayes Piano Series artists in a program grounded in works by Chopin—a composer with whom he has been indelibly linked since winning both the Silver Medal and the Krystian Zimerman Prize (for sonata performance) in 2015’s International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Later, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) ranked two of his recordings of Chopin (at #2 and #6) in their list of “Our 20 favourite Canadian classical albums of 2019.” As the Toronto Star described his signature appeal: “This remarkable pianist shapes each phrase with careful attention, then links it to the next one in a way that tells a compelling story from beginning to end…—stretching time by slightly slowing down and speeding up, and playing with the silences between notes.”
CHOPIN – 2 Nocturnes, Op. 27
“Richard-Hamelin has bold, original ideas about the music he plays, the emotional reservoirs to back them up, and the technical equipment to convey them without distraction.”—Gramophone
This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Susan S. Angell and the Québec Government Office in Washington.
Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Jean-François Hould, Director of the Québec Government Office in Washington, is the honorary patron of this engagement.
This is one of twenty 2022/23 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.
Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts