Tuesday, October 21, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Sondheim’s artful Broadway songs interpreted by concert pianist de Mare

By
From page A9 | March 20, 2014 |

Anthony de Mare will do Sondheim melodies arranged for solo piano on Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30. Courtesy photo

Anthony de Mare will do Sondheim melodies arranged for solo piano on Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30. Courtesy photo

It’s often said that Stephen Sondheim — the much-honored composer of many Broadway shows — writes music that could just as easily be enjoyed as “art music” in a concert hall.

Indeed, just this month, the New York Philharmonic gave a concert performance of Sondheim’s dark masterpiece “Sweeney Todd,” a musical that’s also been performed in opera houses on occasion.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, pianist Anthony de Mare visits the Mondavi Center with a solo concert program that takes the idea of featuring Sondheim’s music in a concert context a step further. Titled “Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim for the Piano,” the program features the music that resulted when de Mare invited 36 contemporary composers to take a Sondheim song and transfer it to a solo piano setting.

The result is an homage to the depth and complexity of Sondheim’s melodies, which are performed at the keyboard, without lyrics. Sondheim gave the project his blessing; in fact, he said at the premiere of the program at New York’s Symphony Space in 2012, “to hear composers take my work and take it seriously … it’s a thrill.”

The program includes some of Sondheim’s most famous tunes — like “Send In The Clowns,” which became a pop crossover hit recorded by many vocalists — as well as less familiar songs.

Among the composers who got involved were William Bolcom, Mason Bates, Fred Hersch and Frederic Rzewski, all of whom have appeared at the Mondavi Center in recent years. De Mare is now touring “Liaisons,” which he is recording and ultimately will release as a three-CD album.

Local audiences also may remember de Mare’s appearance at Mondavi in 2009, in a concert that celebrated American music as part of a piano festival.

Both the 8 p.m. Saturday concert and the 2 p.m. Sunday performance will be in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Each performance will be followed by an onstage conversation between de Mare and pianist Lara Downes, a Mondavi Center resident artist.

Tickets are $42 general, $19 for UC Davis students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

Comments

comments

.

News

Suspected arson fires worry neighbors, firefighters

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Winters homicide case enters jury-selection phase

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

 
So much more than a cute baby store

By Bob Schultz | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Fill the Boot for the hungry

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Existing home sales rise in September

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Tax tips offered for sole proprietors

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Apply now for community mediation training

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Paws for Thought: Pets for Vets: matches made in heaven

By Evelyn Dale | From Page: A3 | Gallery

‘Tokyo Kill’ author will visit bookstore

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Sierra Club gathers for morning walks

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

DPNS has play group, preschool openings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Yolo Knitters Guild plans fall meetings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Local farm products found at hospital market

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
First-time home buyers get free advice

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Psychiatric clinic hosts open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Beer dinner set on Co-op patio

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Walkin’ the Dawg through the park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
 
Essay contest winners will be honored Tuesday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Volunteers sought to make veggie bags

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Library hosts after-hours teen movie nights

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Forum eyes impacts of raising the local minimum wage

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
NAMI-Yolo family support group meets Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

To save the birds, look to the fish

By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Birding field trip planned Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Forum

Ready to go, whatever happens

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Where there’s a will …

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

These three are the best

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Sunder has bold vision

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

Archer, Nolan are my picks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
She’s innovative, passionate

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

An accidental fan becomes a baseball devotee

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
U.N. steps up to lead Ebola response

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

John Cole cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

 
.

Sports

UCD’s Wegener is the engine that drives the train

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Villegas wonderstrike powers Devils

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS golfers take the title

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Devil defense regresses in football loss

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1

Sports briefs: Top-end tennis talent helps DHS girls grab a win

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Junior Blue Devils: Regular slate ends with 2 Davis teams playoff bound

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

After running the gridiron gauntlet, can UCD regroup?

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

 
Stories on Stage Davis presents tales by Lescroart, Montieth

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Peggy Belenis Swisher

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7