poster for Mexico's Piano MusicRECITAL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MEXICAN PIANO MUSIC

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present faculty member Max Lifchitz in From Romanticism to Mestizo Modernism: Mexico’s Piano Musicon Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Celebrating the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, this recital with commentary explores the rich and vast repertoire of Mexican piano music written during the last 100 years.

Lifchitz will perform representative works by Carlos Chávez, Manuel M. Ponce and Silvestre Revueltas – the three great nationalist Mexican masters of the first half of the 20th century. The program also features music by the 19th century quintessentially romantic Ricardo Castro as well as works by late 20th century modernists Manuel Enríquez, Marta García-Renart and Lilia Vázquez. Two of Lifchitz’s compositions, written in the 1960s while the composer/pianist was living in México City, will round out the program.

Active as pianist and composer, Max Lifchitz has appeared as soloist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Sheboygan Symphony, México’s National Symphony Orchestra and the 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 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.