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Maki Sekiya – 10th SJE Arts International Piano Series

Sun 5 Feb 18:00 - 20:00

HOMAGE TO GEORGE CRUMB

Cristóbal de Morales Parce Mihi Domine
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D major, Kk214
Jeremy Arden ‘Sanzen Ichinen’
Robert Schumann Fantasie, Op. 17
Interval
Maurice Ravel ‘Oiseaux Tristes’ from Miroirs
Maurice Ravel ‘Jeux d’eau’
George Crumb Makrokosmos, vol. 1

 

Maki Sekiya honours the innovative American composer on the first anniversary of his death.

George Crumb broke every rule in the book. He combined unconventional instruments, had his musicians employ unusual techniques and was an early adopter of electronic and amplified sound. In a composing career that stretched over seventy years, he created sonic landscapes that were sometimes dream-like, sometimes mystical, sometimes arresting. He won a Grammy award and a Pulitzer Prize and to celebrate his 90th birthday, Lincoln Center programmed two complete-Crumb concerts.

Maki Sekiya is no stranger to contemporary music. After gaining her diploma at Moscow Conservatory, she became a regular performer at Moscow Contemporary Music Festival, often premiering the work of Sergei Pavlenko. Since settling In the UK, she has continued to promote new work in her recitals. For her debut at Wigmore Hall in January 2022, she combined contemporary Japanese composer Somei Satoh with Scriabin, Debussy and Chopin, to great effect. Her skill lies in the seamless integration of the contemporary with the classical repertoire.

For tonight’s concert, Maki Sekiya weaves a Renaissance chant, modern British and a Romantic fantasy, and juxtaposes Ravel with vol. 1 of George Crumb’s Makrokosmos. This set of four books takes its title from Mikrokosmos – the multi-volume set of piano pieces by Bela Bartók – and is George Crumb’s tribute to a composer whom he greatly admired.

 

Maki Sekiya playing contemporary Japanese composer, Somei Satoh, in the 2015 SJE Arts International Piano Series.

 

Season Tickets available for the entire Series (8 concerts) at a 25% discount.

 

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Date and Time

Date:
Sun 5 Feb
Time:
18:00 - 20:00
Price:
£17-£30 (under 25s, students & carers £7-£20); season tickets £111-£210 (under 25s & students £51-£150)

Venue

SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH

Organiser

SJE Arts