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José López & William Wellborn – June 12, 2015

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, trans. Alkan Motet from Thamos, King in Egypt and Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466Charles Valentin Alkan Don Juan Fantaisie, Op. 26, Nocturne in B major, Op. 22, and 3 Petites FantaisiesThis program features two rarely heard transcriptions by Charles Valentin Alkan (1813–1888) of Mozarts works: the Motet from the incidental music to Thamos, King in Egypt and the Piano Concerto in D minor K. 466, which, along with Beethovens C minor Concerto, Op. 37, was a favored item in the repertoire of pianists during the Romantic movement due to its underlying pathos. Alkans original cadenzas for the outer movements provide a unique commentary and evidence his peculiar humor. William Wellborn and José López, respective Presidents of American Liszt Society chapters in the Bay area and South Florida, join hands in the Bay Area Premiere of Alkans four-handed Don Juan Fantaisie, Op. 26, which uses the famous aria Finch han dal vino from Mozarts Don Giovanni as a finale. The program also includes Alkan’s Nocturne in B major, Op. 22 along with his rarely played 3 Petites Fantaisies. For more information please visit joselopezpiano.com and williamwellborn.com.

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