Music on The Green Esher Concerts – Tau Wey – Piano
Tau Wey – Solo Piano
Wednesday 21st February 2018 – Music On The Green Esher Lunchtime Concert
Other Concerts: Monthly on Wednesdays and occasional concerts on other days – see programme lower on this page.
Entry: Free Entry with sandwiches included!
Donations welcome (retiring collection).
Times: Light lunch from 12.30 pm:
Concert from 1.10 to approx 1.50 pm.
Come When You Can: The programmes are designed to allow you to arrive or leave at any time!
Contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Our Guest Musician: Tau Wey, Pianist
Tau Wey enjoys performing unusual yet captivating music. His eclectic repertoire is as likely to include fugues as folk music, sonatas as songs, and rondos as rags. The music he plays branches out into myriad directions, making connections to the sound worlds that people inhabit.
Born in Taiwan, Tau subsequently lived in Germany and then in England. After reading music at Cambridge, he studied with Yonty Solomon and Douglas Finch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and with Jacob Lateiner at Mannes College of Music in New York.
He was awarded First Prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition.
He gave his London debut solo recital at Blackheath Halls in 2006 and his overseas debut at the Music Forum in Taipei the following year. He has made appearances on Radio 3, at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms season.
Tau is currently Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School and a piano tutor on the Kent International Piano Course.
After entertaining us in 2013 as a part of a two-piano duo, he pays a return visit to Esher, this time in a solo capacity, and the core of his programme will be the ever popular ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky
Programme For Tau Wey’s Concert
Pictures at an Exhibition is nowadays best known in the orchestral version by Ravel. However, it is the original version for piano with its powerful immediacy and potent crudeness that we are going to hear today. Mussorgsky composed Pictures as a memorial to his friend, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, who had died in 1873 at age 39. Shortly after the artist’s death, Mussorgsky visited a retrospective exhibit of Hartmann’s sketches, stage designs, and architectural studies and captured the experience imaginatively in music.
Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte also has a double life as an orchestral piece. It is a beautifully evocative dance in the neo-classical style, and inspired by a picture of a little dancing princess by Velazquez.
Ginastera was one of the most important Argentine composers. The Danzas Argentinas, though they do not relate to pictures and have not been orchestrated, are wonderfully descriptive pieces ideally written for the virtuosic medium of the piano.
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)
2 The old castle
3 Tuileries (Dispute between children at play)
5 Ballet of the unhatched chicks
6 “Samuel” Goldenberg and “Schmuÿle”
7 The market (the big news)
8 Catacombæ (Sepulcrum romanum)
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua (With the dead in a dead language)
9 The hut on hen’s legs (Baba-Yaga)
10 The Knight’s Gate (in the ancient capital, Kiev)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2 (1937)
I Dance of the old herdsman
II Dance of the beautiful maiden
Music lovers may wish to take a look at a collection of lovely paintings by local award winning artist Sera Knight from Woking, Surrey. Click on the images above to see more paintings in this collection and other examples of her work.
Sera accepts commissions, so if you have a photo of musicians, a dancer or something else you’d like painted in her style, then please get in touch with Sera. Her contact details are on the Surrey Artists website.
About Music On The Green
Our concerts take place in Christ Church at the heart of Esher – a church which boasts an outstanding pipe organ, fine grand piano acquired in 2012 with a very generous loan, and good acoustics which all contribute to making our music so enjoyable.
MUSIC on the GREEN is about making music which is accessible to, and enjoyable by, as many people as possible without it being stuffy or cheapened. This is the reason for the MUSIC on the GREEN ‘brand’ – to give the music an identity of its own.
Music is about people, emotions, history… We blend all these ingredients and seek to present our music in interesting and rewarding ways, within its own context so that it can be widely appreciated and enjoyed. Whilst having our firmest foot planted at the classical end of the spectrum, we seek to offer a rich and varied listening programme.
Programme Of Concerts At Christ Church Esher
A concert is scheduled for lunchtime on the Third Wednesday of the month, with teatime concerts about twice a year, usually on a Sunday. The teatime concerts may be admission by ticket, not be free events.
17 January - Eos Trio (clarinet, violin & piano)
21 February - Tau Wey, piano solo
21 March - Jake Fryer Jazz Quartet
TBA March - Music in the Tower lunchtime/evening concerts (dates to be advised)
18 April - 2Nation Percussion Duo
16 May - Tormead School Showcase
20 June - Lucas Dick (clarinet), Amanda Hurton (piano)
18 July - Felicity Broome-Skelton & Natalee Jeremic (violin duo)
Archive - Prior Years
18th January - Modulus Ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet)
15th February - Victoria Puttock, saxophone & Grigoris Ioannou, piano
15th March - Hampton School Showcase
11th/12th April - 'Music in the Tower' lunchtime/evening concerts
17th May - Timothée Botbol, cello
21st June - ‘NIA' Trio (flute, oboe & piano)
19th July - Eszter Schütz, violin & Anna Cassú, piano
16th August - No concert (summer break)
20th September - Victoria Puttock, saxophone
18th October - Anthony Gritten, organ
15th November - Buck Brass Trio (trumpet, horn, trombone)
20th December - Come & Sing Carols
21st September - Quilta
16th October - Jacobean Strollers
19th October - Chalumeaux Sounds
16th November - Mihi Kim (Flute) & Mikhail Shilyaev (Piano)
21st December - Come & Sing Carols
For further information, contact the Parish Office: 01372 462 282
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