Claude Debussy (1864-1918) and French Impressionist Music
Claude Debussy is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His seminal symphonic work ‘Afternoon of the Faun’ (pianist Marc Salman and his son Benjamin Salman will perform this work arranged for two pianos) is often seen as the beginning of modern music. Michael Tracy will provide an insight to the life, environment and influences of Debussy during the Belle Époque in Paris, and later his impact on jazz artists from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis to Bill Evans.
Mark Salman has been hailed as a “heroic virtuoso”, and “a dazzling performer”. He performed in Seattle ‘A Chopin Celebration’ – a series of three recitals celebrating the composer’s 200th birthday in 2010, five recitals in honor of Liszt 200th birthday in 2011. Marc recently released a recording of the late Schubert sonatas and “Chopin’s Intimate Art: the Mazurkas”. Mark lives and teaches in Seattle.
Benjamin Salman is a recent graduate of Stanford and already hailed in 2013 as Seattle’s next great pianist by Seattle Met. Benjamin will join his father Marc in Debussy’s music for two pianos.
Information on ticket sales coming soon.
Sunday March 31st at 4pm