Watchung, NJ – Pianist Sophia Agranovich will be performing a recital in the sophisticated Upper Gallery of the Watchung Arts Center on Saturday, May 4th at 8 PM. A lively Musicians Reception follows the concert. Ticket prices: $16 in advance, $20 ($18 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door.
Program includes, among other pieces, Appassionata, that was considered by Beethoven to be his
most tempestuous piano sonata; Fantaisie in F minor by Chopin – free in form and Romantic inspiration; Brahms Variations on the Theme by Paganini – both books.This piece is well known for its emotional depth and technical challenges. Clara Schumann called it Hexenvariationen (Witch’s Variations) because of its difficulty. Writer David Dubal describes it as “a legend in the piano literature,” and “fiendish,” “one of the most subtly difficult works in the literature.” He quotes critic James Huneker: ‘… These diabolical variations, the last word in the technical literature of the piano, are also vast spiritual problems. To play them requires fingers of steel, a heart of burning lava and the courage of a lion.”
Sophia Agranovich is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist and educator. Jerry Dubins writes in Fanfare Magazine: “Sophia Agranovich’s alchemy of mind-bending technical prowess and heart-melting emotional expressivity add up to one of the most glorious piano recitals this side of Elysium. Urgently recommended.” Among her venues are Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, all in New York City, Salle Cortot in Paris, Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, Brandeis-Bardin University in California, Kiev Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music and Lvov State Conservatory in Ukraine. Ms. Agranovich’s recent broadcasts include Rádio Universidade FM 106.9 in Brazil and CKWR 98.5 in Canada. Ms. Agranovich is a First Prize winner of All-Ukrainian Young Artists and Bergen Philharmonic competitions, Program Chair of Music Educators Association of NJ, Artistic Director of classical music series at the Watchung Arts Center, listed in the Juilliard Private Teachers directory, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and is on the Steinway Artists roster. Ms. Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue and adjudicator and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. Ms. Agranovich earned Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School, where she held a full scholarship and teaching Fellowship. Her major professors were legendary Sascha Gorodnitzki and Nadia Reisenberg. Visit www.sophiagranovich.com.
Advanced price tickets can be purchased though the website at wathungartscenter.eventbrite.