I am privileged to see well over 60 concerts per year, most of which are presented by the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan (UMS), where my lovely fiancé Shannon works. UMS is one of the oldest presenting arts organizations in the country, now in its 137th season, and recently won the National Medal of the Arts, the nation's highest public artistic honor.
Last night, UMS presented (and Shannon produced) a recital by Igor Levit, the Russian-German pianist who has been called the "future of the piano" and "the player of the century." The performance was indeed extraordinary and included Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, and Prokifiev. I had the honor of speaking with him at length after the recital, and I can say that, in addition to being an extraordinary musician, Mr. Levit is a generous and thoughtful person.
Who can resist this photo that I took of Mr. Levit and a young fan (and is posted with her parent's permission) -- according to Mr. Levit, her wonderful comment was :"Prokofiev was so so cool! And Bach! And Schubert! And Beethoven! Music is so so cool!"
J.S. BachPartita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828
SchubertSix Moments Musicaux, D. 780
BeethovenSonata No. 17 in d minor, Op. 31, No. 2
ProkofievSonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83