In New Haven, CT: Faculty pianist presents multimedia performance of Debussy’s “The Toy Box”
The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music opens its season with a recital by Boris Berman on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 pm.
Professor Berman, who serves as artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, will perform works by Brahms and Chopin, as well as Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box) which features narration and projected images by André Hellé.
The program’s most substantial work, Debussy’s whimsical children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux was written for children or marionettes based on a story by children’s book illustrator André Hellé, whose illustrations will be displayed throughout the performance. YSM graduate John Taylor Ward, baritone, will be the narrator.
Also on the program are Chopin’s Barcarolle, Op. 60, one of the composer’s last major compositions, written only three years before his death, as well as Brahms’ Piano Pieces, Op. 76.
The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $13, $7 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, the public should visit music.yale.edu, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.
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