Ganz will play and discuss several works from the Strathmore program, take some Chopin requests, answer questions and share details about the “Extreme Chopin” Project. In January of 2011, pianist Brian Ganz began his quest to perform all of Frédéric Chopin’s works. That sold out recital at the Music Center at Strathmore launched Ganz’s ambitious endeavor to perform the approximately 250 works of Chopin over the next decade.
Ganz said "There are a lot of lovely works of Chopin that are virtually unknown. On this recital I've grouped some of these 'hidden gems' with a few 'blockbusters' in what I think will be very interesting ways. For example, inspired by his love of Bach, Chopin deepened his study of counterpoint late in his creative life. I'll play two of his unknown contrapuntal works and then a couple beloved mazurkas to show how he incorporated his growing contrapuntal skills into his concert repertoire. Also, a lot of people love Ravel's Bolero but don't know Chopin's Bolero at all. It's an incredibly beautiful work that is actually extremely popular- but only among the very few people who know it!"
The February recital features a large number of Chopin’s works, including the little known the Tarantella, the Bolero, the Bourrées, Fugue and the unfinished Canon, along with such favorites as the Polonaise in A major (The "Military"), the "Minute" Waltz, the "Heroic" Polonaise and the Fantaisie-Impromptu. An audience of about 2,000 attended each of the seven previous solo recitals at Strathmore. After the third sold out recital in 2013 Washington Post reviewer Grace Jean wrote, “It’s easy to see why so many Washingtonians flocked to hear pianist Brian Ganz…In his hands, the rarely performed Trois Ecossaises, Op.72, No. 3, became effervescent light beams.” The Washington Post wrote after a September 2014 recital, “Brian Ganz chose an approach that was commanding yet thoughtful and totally musical. Ganz's dazzling and informed playing captured the essence of each piece.”
In 2018 the church will offer monthly Sunday afternoon programs in a series called Arts in the Woods with a variety of musical programs and a change from Friday evening concerts. For more information, visit http://www.uuannapolis.org or call 410-266-8044 Monday through Thursday.