James’ Brand New Blog

Three classical stars, three rawkin crowds, kewl #ldnont

- September 26th, 2012

James Ehnes Photo on 2012-09-25 at 19

James Ehnes portrait by Christine Newland, who presented him with it following Tuesday’s triumphant Jeffery Concerts season opener

In just 12 days or so, we have been blessed by some terrific solo recitals at jam-packed venues.

Last first, Brandon bravo superstar James Ehnes (Bach, Bartok, Paganini & then Bach encore) at LPL . . . 374 tickets sold as Jeffery Concerts 25th anniversary season opens.

Here is Orchestra London cellist Christine Newland on the occasion:

Words do not seem adequate in trying to describe tonight’s concert by James Ehnes! I found myself transported to a timeless place of inner peace. James’ soulful and passionate playing touched my soul and tears streamed down my face. With ca

lm demeanor and flawless artistry, James was one with the music as he did the impossible and the magical with every ounce of his being. What an astoundingly beautiful and mesmerizing performance we were privileged to experience!
It has been many years since I last saw James when he came here with Timothy Vernon for a fun evening (and to watch baseball of course! lol) after his concerto with Orchestra London. What a truly beautiful soul! He seemed very happy with the portrait I gave him backstage.
Thanks for a most memorable performance James . . .
Thank you, Christine, for sharing this & what a beautiful portrait.
On Friday (Sept. 21), 17-year-old pianist Jan Lisiecki to a jammed Wolf hall for Serenata Music season opener. Bach, Messiaen (!!!), Chopin & then more Chopin for encore in a nod to series organizer & fine Londoner Renee Silberman. As Ehnes did with the Bartok, Lisiecki connected the Messiaen with the Bach preceding it. He also played a Chopin piece he will record for Deutsche Grammophon soon. It was, I think, his public premiere  because Lisiecki said he was changing the program to play it first in London . Amazing. In 10 years etc.
Back on Sept. 14, Western professor Stephan Sylvestre opened the 12:30 Friday’s series at Don Wright faculty’s von Kuster hall with all-Brahms . . . overflow crowd with many watching via TV from another room. Beautiful. After the concert, JBNBlog e-mailed the pianist:
” I feel I should write a blog post Aimez-vous Brahms? (a phrase you may be somewhat tired of) ….”
Here was Stephan’s gracious response:
What a great audience for an all Brahms program!  I would love to hear what people have to see in your blog.  Here is my answer to the question:  ”J’aime énormement”

All the best,
S
Back to JBNBlog  . . . I would say that on all three days, there couldn’t have been better music any where else in the world. Congrats to all involved in these three magnificent concerts & esp. to the three stars. Wow. It’s only September in #ldnont.

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