Virtual Field Day presents Shenson Salons: free, online, evening concerts from the Shenson Faculty Concert Series. These short concerts will be broadcast on Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live on June 1, 2, 3, and 4 at 5:30pm. Donations support CMC music scholarships.
- Monday, June 1 at 5:30pm: Bernal Hill Players, eclectic chamber music ensemble
- Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30pm: Michael Long, violin
- Wednesday, June 3 at 5:30pm: Christopher Basso, Beethoven piano works
- Thursday, June 4 at 5:30pm: Larry Dunn and Anne Carol Mitchell, CMC songwriters
Field Day 2020 is dedicated to the memory of Nancy Livingston, tireless arts advocate and donor steward of the Shenson Foundation.
Shenson Salons: Christopher Basso, Beethoven piano works
Christopher Basso’s (CMC piano faculty member) Shenson Faculty Concert series recital was going to be “Beethoven and His Influence” celebrating the composer’s 250th birthday featuring music of Beethoven and others who were directly inspired by him.
His Shenson Salon will keep to the theme of celebrating Beethoven. He’ll be presenting Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 and a set of short piano pieces which represent Beethoven’s last piano works.
Christopher Basso’s piano performances have been heralded as “riveting, with a multi-dimensional array of colors and shapes” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “undeniably extraordinary” (Wilmington News Journal). The Boston Globe writes of his Prokofiev 8th Piano Sonata … “Basso used his coruscating virtuosity, his flexible rhythmic spine, and his chameleon colors to communicate the sorrow, the irony, the rage and the compassion of this great score.” His playing has also been described as thoughtful, expressive and above all, deeply moving and engaging.
In 2000, Christopher Basso was named First Place Prizewinner in the Second International Van Cliburn Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Ft. Worth, Texas. National performance venues include recitals at The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida, , the Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Rockport, Massachusetts, the Shandalee Music Festival in Livingston, New York, and The Nicolaï Hall Series in Mill Valley, California.
Basso has performed in the Bay Area with local artists, including violinists Ian Swensen and Krista Bennion Feeney, violist Jodi Levitz, cellists Jennifer Culp and Jean-Michel Fonteneau, pianists Robin Sutherland and Keisuke Nakagoshi and the Ives Quartet.
Visit www.bassopiano.com to learn more about Christopher Basso.