SubCulture to Welcome Quattro Mani with Susan Grace and Steven Beck, 5/11
SubCulture presents Quattro Mani, the stellar piano duo of Susan Grace and Steven Beck in a marvelous program featuring music by Fred Lerdahl, John Novacek, Mozart, Chopin and Saint-Sae?ns. Originally comprised of Susan Grace and Alice Rybak, Steven Beck has joined Ms. Grace following Ms. Rybak's retirement. Taking place on Sunday, May 11th at 7pm at SubCulture, this will be the first performance of this version of the duo in New York.
SubCulture, Downstairs, is located at 45 Bleecker St., New York, NY, 10012. Tickets: $20 in ADV, $25 DOS, $40 VIP. Visit: http://www.subculturenewyork.com/event/550357-quattro-mani-new-york/.
On the Program:
Mozart: Sonata in D major for two pianos, K. 448
Saint-Saens: Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, op. 35
Chopin: Rondo in C major for two pianos, op. 73
Lerdahl: Quiet Music (1994/2001)
Novacek: Three Rags for two pianos (2005)
Quattro Mani: The duo piano team Quattro Mani has had a distinguished history, consistently generating high praise from critics and audiences for their concerts and recordings. Formed in 1989, the duo quickly gained prominence, with pianists Susan Grace and Alice Rybak performing throughout the USA and Europe and issuing award-winning recordings for Bridge Records. In 2013, following Ms. Rybak's retirement from the concert stage, the young virtuoso Steven Beck joined forces with Susan Grace for concerto performances of one of Quattro Mani's signature pieces, Paul Lansky's "Shapeshifters" for two pianos and orchestra. Such was the chemistry of that occasion that Quattro Mani was immediately formed again.
Quattro Mani's intense involvement with modern repertoire has led to dedications and collaborations with leading composers, including George Crumb, Joan Tower, Paul Lansky, Poul Ruders and Frederic Rzewski. Both Susan Grace and Steven Beck have earned recognition as soloists and chamber musicians and now come together to form one of the most dynamic piano duos before the concert-going public.
Photo Credit: Matt Dine