Anagnoson & Kinton, Piano Duo - This Performance is Happening as Scheduled
Canada's legendary piano duo returns to Worcester
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuckerman Hall - Performance 8:00 PM . Pre-concert Talk 7 PM.
Tickets: $39, $36, students $15/$20. Discounts Available - call office
"Outstanding!" - The New York Times
"A brilliantly executed performance that brought the audience to its feet!" - The Calgary Herald
Music Worcester, Inc. welcomes James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton back to the Festival stage at Tuckerman Hall here in Worcester. Much like many finer things in life, this piano duo has a reputation that only grows richer as they enter their fourth decade of performances. They have remarkable synchronicity - an intuitive coordination of timing - their four hands on two pianos seem to belong to one person.
Superb musicians, the duo has a great rapport with their audiences and we are so very pleased to welcome them back to Worcester.
A pre-concert talk will be held in Dean Hall, the lower level of Tuckerman Hall, at 7PM by Steven Ledbetter, scholar, writer, lecturer, and conductor, who served at Musicologist and Program Annotator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1998. In addition to writing for many orchestras, chamber ensembles, and other musical institutions throughout the United States, he has written the booklet notes for nearly 200 recordings.
Beethoven: Three Marches, Op.45
Schubert: Marches Militaires, Op.51
Stravinsky: Highlights from Petrouchka (1947)
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2, Op.17
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About the Artists
That two pianists can produce a virtually seamless sound, over this many years, gives cause to marvel. The critics certainly have. As The Ottawa Citizen duly noted, “Anagnoson and Kinton's playing is everything that duo-piano playing should be.” This legendary duo has enchanted audiences throughout Canada, United States, Europe, and China. In 2008, Anagnoson & Kinton expanded their presence into Russia where they performed in St. Petersburg's Glazunov Hall.
The Anagnoson & Kinton duo continues to push toward new artistic horizons. In addition to performing with the major orchestras in Canada, they have expanded in innovative musical directions. They have performed Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring alongside Ballet BC and this past season with a video of dance set by modern choreographer, Pina Bausch at the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Summer 2006 saw them in a multi-genre premiere entitled Into the Labyrinth by Canadian Ray Luedeke, featuring staging by Tom Diamond and narration with actor Colin Fox. This production was also featured this past season in a special performance hosted by the American Composers Alliance in New York City.
Since 1981, the duo has built a discography of nine titles. In 2006, a special compilation CD titled, Stages, was released, celebrating their milestone 30th season and was launched to great acclaim.
As both performers and scholars, Anagnoson & Kinton hold distinguished places in academic circles. James Anagnoson is the Dean of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and received his Master of Music from The Juilliard School. Leslie Kinton is on the faculties at both the University of Western Ontario and The Glenn Gould School. Both his Master of Music and Ph.D. in music theory are from the University of Toronto.
Anagnoson & Kinton, like most outstanding ensembles, are actually greater than the sum of their parts. Or to quote Richard Dyer in The Boston Globe, “As individuals, they seem to have no technical shortcomings at all; in tandem, they are more than twice as good." And getting better.