James E. Milano Memorial Concert
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8 pm
Pre-concert discussion at 7:15 pm
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Jonathan Bass, piano
Don Giovanni Overture
Piano Concerto in A minor
Jonathan Bass, piano
What better way to celebrate the extraordinary life of Mayor Milano then a concert highlighting symphonic music with piano and organ. Mayor Milano, a lifelong pianist and organist, often performed on the 1919 pipe organ in Memorial Hall, which will be featured in Saint-Saens masterpiece, the Organ Symphony. Boston pianist Jonathan Bass joins the Symphony to perform Grieg’s only concerto, the striking Piano Concerto in A minor.
Pianist Jonathan Bass has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Esplanade Pops at Symphony Hall on three occasions, and the North Carolina Symphony at the Appalachian Summer Music Festival. Mr. Bass gave his New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as first-prize winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. He has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," the McGraw-Hill Artists Showcase on WQXR in New York, and WGBH in Boston. Internationally, he has performed in Mallorca, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Warsaw. In the summer of 2012 he will be performing at the Chichibu International Music Festival near Tokyo. Of his first piano CD, Gramophone Magazine wrote: "Superbly played Bach and Chopin with haunting music by Pinkham."
Collaborative highlights include guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and at Jordan Hall in Boston, and recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein in Salt Lake City and at Jordan Hall in Boston. He has also appeared at the Kapalua Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii. As the pianist for the Walden Chamber Players, founded in 1997, he has performed on a variety of chamber music series, such as the Calgary Pro Musica Society in Alberta, Friends of Chamber Music in Troy and the Utica Chamber Music Society in New York, the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival in Arizona. Mr. Bass has also performed as orchestral keyboardist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in works by Bartok, Debussy, Henze, Messiaen, Respighi, and Stravinsky at Tanglewood, at Symphony Hall, at Carnegie Hall, and on two European tours.
Jonathan Bass is the Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory, where he has been on the faculty since 1993He is also serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, and at the Walnut Hill School.