Live: Christopher Johnson @ the Sembrich Opera Museum, 8/7/10

August 11th, 2010, 10:59 am by Greg

Exquisite classical pianist Christopher Johnson is a man truly obsessed by music. He possesses the sensitive soul of Frederic Chopin and the dark, passionate fury of Franz Liszt. He knows intuitively all the subtle nuances and thunderous notes his fingers can squeeze out any properly tuned grand piano.

At Saturday night’s recital, the Sembrich’s historic Steinway piano – formerly belonging to the legendary 20th century classical music icon Ignacy Paderewski – was no exception.

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LIVE: Christopher Johnson @ the Sembrich Opera Museum, 7/18

July 23rd, 2009, 10:01 am by Greg


American concert pianist Christopher Johnson dazzled a sold-out crowd at the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing on Saturday, July 18 with his splendid piano recital, “Franz List: A Spiritual Journey.”

Introducing Liszt’s works with an explanation of the Hungarian-born Liszt’s life-long struggle with God and the Devil, Johnson then passionately launched into a program that featured the “Dante” Sonata, the Consolation No. 3 and the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, among other Liszt compositions.

With his fingers flying, walking or sometimes settling delicately on the keys throughout the evening, Johnson undertook his own spiritual journey, connecting deeply with the spirit of Liszt and flawlessly executing the master’s repertoire.

At 7:30pm on Saturday, July 25, the Sembrich Opera Museum presents the Lake George Theater Lab’s reading of William Luce’s play, “The Belle of Amherst,” featuring the company’s artistic director Lindsey Gates as in the title role of Emily Dickinson. Mezzo soprano Gisella Montanez-Case will frame the reading with a selection of old American hymns.

review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk.

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