Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feb. 5: Garrick Ohlsson at the First United Methodist Church

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM

The Grammy-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who became the first American to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 1970, is a world-renowned star of classical piano. With an enormous repertoire and a dizzying finger span (a 13th in the left hand; 12th in the right), Ohlsson, a resident of San Francisco, has turned ever more frequently to Beethoven’s sonatas in recent annual trips to Napa. This year, he celebrates Chopin’s bicentenary by returning to the work of the composer who helped him make his name 40 years ago in the classical world in an all-Chopin program that’s promised to include the delightful 24 Preludes. As for the rest of the program, the sky’s the limit; after all, Ohlsson’s 16-CD set Chopin: The Complete Works on Hyperionshows no sign of being toppled as the definitive complete piano recordings of one of the instrument’s finest composers. He appears on Friday, Feb. 5, at the First United Methodist Church. 625 Randolph St., Napa. 7:30pm. Tickets available only by subscription at $100 for four-concert series. 707.226.2190.Gabe Meline
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