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Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.

The adventurous pianist Anthony De Mare, a champion of contemporary music, merged his passion for Sondheim with his effort to expand the recital repertory...the resulting project required formidable virtuosity. M. De Mare's playing was dynamic and stylish...I loved it.

Anthony Tommasini - The New York Times

The project has brought together 36 of the world's foremost contemporary composers to "re-imagine" one of Sondheim's songs as a solo piece. The result is a brand new world-class repertory that reveals Sondheim's influence across multiple genres and generations. Chosen by de Mare in consultation with Mr. Sondheim, the Liaisonsroster spans the classical, jazz, opera, pop , musical theater and film worlds, with composers ranging in age from 30-75 representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards.

Praised for his “muscularly virtuosic, remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents” (The New York Times), Anthony de Mare is recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists, a foremost champion of contemporary music and a pioneer in the speaking-singing pianist genre. De Mare is currently touring Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, a landmark commissioning and concert project of exclusive new works from Steve Reich, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Adam Guettel, Mason Bates, Ethan Iverson, Nico Muhly, Tania Leon and Mark Anthony Turnage, to name a few, that brings the work of Stephen Sondheim into the concert hall. Other recent performance highlights include: the national tour of The American Piano with pianist Steven Mayer and scholar Joseph Horowitz; Playing With Myself, a multi-media concert event; Missing Peace, an eclectic series of old and new works inspired by the exhibition The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama; Cool ~ A Journey into the Influence of Jazz; and Unities: Music of Pride and Celebration. De Mare has also collaborated and performed with the Lark Quartet, the Bang-On-A-Can All Stars, Meredith Monk/The House and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among many others. De Mare has nearly twenty recordings in his discography. His most recent recording, Speak: The Speaking-Singing Pianist, the first disc devoted completely to this genre, was released in 2010 on the Innova label. Both Speak and Out of My Hands (KOCH Entertainment) were shortlisted for Grammy Awards in 2011 and 2005, respectively. He currently serves on the roster of Yamaha Artists and is a professor of piano at Manhattan School of Music and New York University.

Nico Muhly: Color and Light (2012) (Sunday in the Park with George)
Fred Hersch: No One Is Alone (2010) (Into the Woods)
Jherek Bischoff: The Ballad of Guiteau (2014) (Assassins) World Premiere
Duncan Sheik: Johanna in Space (2014) (after "Johanna" - Sweeney Todd)
Wynton Marsalis: That Old Piano Roll (2014) (Follies)
Eric Rockwell: You Could Drive A Person Crazy (2010/14) (Company)
Rodney Sharman: Notes on Beautiful (2010) (after "Beautiful" - Sunday in the Park with George)
Steve Reich: Finishing the Hat - Two Pianos (2010) (Sunday in the Park with George)
Film Interlude: Onstage Interview with Stephen Sondheim, conducted by Mark Eden Horowitz at LIAISONS' NYC premiere (Symphony Space, April 2012)
Andy Akiho: Into the Woods (2013) (Into the Woods)
Ethan Iverson: Send in the Clowns (2011) (A Little Night Music)
Mason Bates: Very Put Together (2012) (after "Putting it Together" - Sunday in the Park with George)
Paul Moravec: I Think About You (2010) (after "Losing My Mind" - Follies)
Jake Heggie: I'm Excited. No You're Not. (2010) (after "A Weekend in the Country" - A Little Night Music)


Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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