poster for Max Lifchitz: Three Continents and Three CenturiesPIANIST PLAYS

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present UAlbany faculty member Max Lifchitz in Three Continents and Three Centurieson Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. The program will feature music by composers from Africa, Europe and the Americas.

The program juxtaposes ever-popular classics such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Italian Concerto and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 32 Variations on an Original Theme with the local premiere of the Twelfth Piano Sonata by the American composer Vincent Persichetti. It will also include piano pieces by Nigerian composer Paul Konye, Argentinean Alizia Terzián and Mexicans Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas. Lifchitz’s own Piano Silhouettes, inspired by Elisabeth Condon’s paintings, will round-off the evening.

Winner of the first prize in the 1976 International Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Twentieth Century Music held in Holland, Lifchitz has appeared locally as soloist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Siena Chamber Orchestra and UAlbany’s University Symphony Orchestra. Robert Commanday, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle described him as "a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist." The New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn praised Mr. Lifchitz for his "clean, measured and sensitive performances." Lifchitz was invited to join the University at Albany’s teaching staff in 1986. The director of the New York City based performing organization North/South Consonance, Inc., Lifchitz has released nine critically acclaimed recordings featuring his performances of piano music from the Americas.

This concert is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office. For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.