Eminent American pianist to play for JMS

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

On Saturday 9 June, the Johannesburg Musical Society (JMS) and pianist Spencer Myer will acknowledge the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death.

Spencer Myer, who is renowned for his ‘poised, alert musicianship’, is something of a favourite here in South Africa after winning First Prize at the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition. He went on to take Gold Medal at the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition and has a busy and highly-respected international career. He is in constant demand as a collaborative pianist with such stars as cellists Lyn Harrell and Ralph Kirshbaum, as well as with clarinettist David Shifrin and various prestigious ensembles. He is also Artist-Teacher of Piano and Collaborative Piano at Boston’s Longy School of Music. Spencer Myer’s latest CD, released on the Steinway & Sons label, has received glowing reviews.

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Spencer Myer
Spencer Myer

His concert on 9 June for the Johannesburg Musical Society takes place in the Linder Auditorium, on the Wits Education Campus, St Andrews Road, Parktown, at 20.00. The programme includes Haydn’s Sonata in E Major, Hob.XVI:31 and Chopin’s Four Scherzi. And as a tribute to the impressionist master who died in 1918, Spencer Myer will also play several of Debussy’s most popular pieces, including Gardens in the Rain (Jardins sous la pluie) and Evening in Granada (La soirée dans Grenade).

Tickets for this concert can be booked at Computicket or bought at the door from the Linder box office, which will open on the evening at 19:00. Please note, however, that there is no credit card facility at the box office. Substantial discounts are available for scholars and students.

For more information about this concert or about the JMS, contact Avril on 011 728 5492 or Herman on 083 229 2917, or consult the website: www.jms.org.za

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