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Pianists in Paris - Music@Menlo

Pianists in Paris - Music@Menlo Settle in for a seductive evening of two- and four-hand piano repertoire at Music@Menlo. Enjoy works by Claude Debussy and Georges Bizet, two of France's most esteemed composers, as well as George Gershwin's famed An American in Paris at the night's end.

The program begins with Debussy's Nocturnes for two pianos, an orchestral composition in three movements, followed by Petite Suite for piano four hands and Jeux for two pianos. Composed during the late 19th and early 20th century, each of Debussy's works uses the iconic discords often hidden within his lush harmonies.

Afterward, guests can relish Bizet's Jeux d'enfants with a 23-minute piano duet. The twelve miniatures make the piece far too difficult for most amateurs. Plus, it abandons much of the virtuoso passages present in Bizet's earlier solos, earning it a spot among the composer's best orchestral music.

To wrap up the evening, the pianists will play Gershwin's inspiring work, An American in Paris. Recalling the time the composer spent in Paris, the symphonic composition evokes the energy and feel of the capital city during the late 1920s. It's one of Gershwin's most well-known compositions, followed by the ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue.

Tickets begin at just $25 for those under age 30 and then $50 for full price. The evening begins Sunday, February 9 at 4:00p.m. World-renowned pianists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Soyeon Kate Lee will take the stage as they make their debut alongside Anne Marie McDermott and artistic codirector Wu Han at the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton.

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