The 2017-18 Season
 

 Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm
 
 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 
 
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Sat, Sept. 16, 2017
 Robert deMaine, cello 
 Adam Neiman, piano

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017


Sat, Oct. 7, 2017
 Ensemble 4.1
 Piano "Windtet"

Fri, Oct. 13, 2017
 Ling-Ju Lai, piano
 inDepth Mini-Series

Fri, Nov. 3, 2017

Sat, Nov. 18, 2017
 Juilliard String Quartet


Sat, Dec. 2, 2017
 London Handel Players
 *Special Venue*

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
 Trio Solisti
 Oakland WinterFest
 
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
 Yuri Gandelsman
 Oakland WinterFest
 
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
 Aeolus Quartet
 Oakland WinterFest
 

Sat, Feb. 3, 2018
 Dover Quartet
 David Shifrin, clarinet

Fri, Feb. 16, 2018
Stewart Goodyear, piano
inDepth Mini Series

Fri, Mar. 2, 2018
Ursula Oppens, piano
inDepth Mini Series

Sat, Mar. 24, 2018
 Sergei Babayan, piano
 inDepth Mini-Series

Sat, Apr. 14, 2018
 Fauré Quartett
 Piano Quartet
 

Sat, May 19, 2018
 Zukerman Trio
 Piano Trio

6 Sergei Babayan

Sergei Babayan, piano

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8pm

Seligman Performing Arts Center
22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills

Armenian-born Sergei Babayan was the first pianist from the former USSR to compete and study in the West after the collapse of the Soviet system. In short order, he took first prizes at the Robert Casadesus (now Cleveland), Hamamatsu, and Scottish International Competitions, and was among the top finishers at the Busoni, Queen Elisabeth, and Honens Competitions. Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, adhering to his conviction that "artists must live and work at a fever-pitch in the incessant pursuit of ideal beauty and the highest degree of artistry." Babayan's engagements and tours take him to some of the best-known festivals and concert venues, and he has worked with many distinguished conductors, among them Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Jarvi, and Hans Graf. A sought-after teacher at the Cleveland Institute and Juilliard School, he regularly performs duo recitals and double concerti with his now-famous former student Daniil Trifonov.

"Babayan favors a playing style that speaks to the senses, to the range of his love for the music, which is unsurpassed."

– L'Actualite

"Technical brilliance and imaginative delight..." 

–  The London TimesOnLine

Program

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
Chopin:  Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26
                Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
                Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
                Waltz in B minor, Op. 69, No. 2 
                Impromptu in A-flat major, Op. 29, No. 1
                Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47
Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
Fauré: Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8, No. 1
             Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat major, Op. 84
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka

Pre-Concert Event

6:45pm, Free to ticket-holders.
Details TBA.

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