Sunday pick: Natasha Paremski returns to Keyboard Concerts in a dancing mood

Natasha Paremski makes her third visit to Fresno State’s Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts series. Here’s what you need to know:

The concert: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Fresno State Concert Hall.

The artist: Born in Russia, Paremski moved to the U.S. at an early page and forged a blazing career. At the age of 15, she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded two discs with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. At 18 she won the Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006. She has performed with such noted orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, and the Moscow Philharmonic. Her recordings have topped the Billboard Classical Chart. In January, she was named artistic director of the New York Piano Society.

The Keyboard history: She appeared as a young superstar, at age 17, about 15 years ago. Her second appearance was just before the pandemic shut things down.

The program: There’s certainly a dance theme among some of the works. Paremski begins with Chopin, playing a number of shorter pieces, including Mazurka in B Major, Mazurka in F minor, and Mazurka in C-sharp minor. She concludes with Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in A major. In between she sandwiches two mazurkas by British contemporary composer Thomas Adès. “We go from the 19th century, with Chopin, to the 20th century, with Prokofiev, and then the 21st, with Adès,” says Andreas Werz, artistic director of Keyboard Concerts. “It should be quite a performance.”

A scheduling note: The next scheduled Keyboard artist, the Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz, had to cancel his April 1 concert because of Covid-19 vaccination issues. Werz has not determined whether he will book a replacement.


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