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Max Lifchitz Plays Chromatic Fantasies and More

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present UAlbany pianist Max Lifchitz in Chromatic Fantasies & Moreon Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.

The recital will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue as well as other compositions inspired by the music of the great German Baroque master. Also included in the program will be a rarely heard Fugue by Frederic Chopin and a Prelude and Fugue for the Left Hand by Manuel M. Ponce, the illustrious Mexican composer. Recent works by American composers Raoul Pleskow, Allen Schulz and William Toutant will also be featured. Rounding-off the program will be the unveiling of a new work by Lifchitz written especially for the occasion and based on the pitches B-A-C-H (or B flat).

Active as pianist and composer, Lifchitz has appeared as soloist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Sheboygan Symphony, México’s National Symphony Orchestra and Neuchatel Orchestra in Switzerland. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as "a composer of brilliant imagination and a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist" while The New York Times praised him on his "clean, measured and sensitive performances." A graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, Lifchitz was invited to join the teaching staff of the University at Albany in 1986. He is the director of the New York City based North/South Chamber Orchestra now celebrating its 40th consecutive season. His numerous recordings are widely available through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube and most other music streaming services.

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

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.