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“Thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous”
—Washington Post

At long last! Although beloved American pianist Emanuel Ax appeared in our 2021/22 Season—in the superlative company of cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Leonidas Kavakos—it has been more than a dozen years since his last solo recital under our auspices (a recital scheduled for spring 2020 was canceled amid the onset of the pandemic). As he takes the stage in a program of works by Schubert and other composers, expect to be captivated like this L.A. Times reviewer: “His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician, and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement.”

SCHUBERT - Sonata in A Major, Op. posth. 120, D.664
SCHUBERT/arr. LISZT - Four Songs

"Aufenthalt," S.560, No. 3
"Liebesbotschaft," S.560, No. 10
"Der Müller und der Bach," S.565, No. 2
"Horch, horch! die Lerch," S.558, No. 9
LISZT - Années de pèlerinage I, S.160
"Vallée d'Obermann," No. 6
SCHUBERT - Sonata in B-flat Major, D.960

This engagement of Emanuel Ax is made possible in part through through the generous support of Mary and Chris Mahle, Ellen and Michael Gold, and the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

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.

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