In most communities there are myriad free things to do and get involved in. We were notified by email that Brian Ganz, a pianist who is determined to play all the works of Chopin, will be performing a free recital to prepare for his third concert at the Music Center at Strathmore presented by the National Philharmonic.
The recital was held in the music studio of a private home. The owner himself is a violinist and played a duet with pianist Ganz in the second half of the program.
Ganz is a very personable artist whom one feels comfortable calling Brian after just meeting for the first time.
The house itself was interesting because the owner had added additions to both sides of the house and was happy to have folks who had come for the recital to wander through and take a look.
The studio had a balcony and with the main floor seated about 100 people.
The room and in fact the entire home had lots of Chinoise elements.
I was struck by how relaxed the host was at fulfilling the requests of perfect strangers who were all wrangling for a seat in his 2-story studio which held a 1920s era Knabe grand piano.
Brian told us about the Polish composer, Frederic Chopin, and the genius of his music. He played mazurkas, nocturnes, polonaises, etudes, ballades. He took requests from the audience which included the Revolutionary etude (Opus 10, Number 12) and naturally, The Minute Waltz. Really, the evening was sublime.
If you missed the free recital catch the concert on Saturday, January 19 at the Strathmore in Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 for tickets.
Have you checked out your community’s free offerings? Do you attend? Even things that you’d never tried before?