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Gwendolyn Mok

Le tombeau de Couperin and Miroirs for Solo Piano by Ravel; Tel jour, telle nuit for Voice and Piano by Poulenc; and selected songs by DuparcThe centerpiece for our program is the performance of two Maurice Ravel compositions by one of the worlds foremost authorities on and interpreters of his piano music: Gwendolyn Mok. Ms. Mok will be playing a very special guest to Old First Concerts: an 1875 Erard piano like the one owned by Ravel himself. Featuring the repetition action called ‘Double Escapement, dampers that come from below rather than from above, and straight-strung strings, this piano has a subtlety of color and softness of timbre quite unlike the modern piano. A frequent soloist with the great orchestras of Europe and Asia since her 1988 debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Mok is joined by tenor Joseph Frank, who, since his 1974 San Francisco Opera debut, has sung over 80 roles in a score of the worlds most eminent opera venues, from the Met to the Hollywood Bowl, and is acclaimed for his mastery of lyric character. This truly exceptional pair will also perform works by Francis Poulenc and Henri Duparc.

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