Piano Virtuosi Ran Dank and Vassilis Varvaresos Give Rare Two-Piano Performance of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony

Posted November 12th, 2010 at 5:17 pm.

Johannes Brahms’ Fourth Symphony is among the composer’s most passionate works and has been described as his “magnum opus.”

The symphonic masterpiece is scored for a standard orchestra with percussion provided only by timpani and triangle. However, in a rare treat, two of the world’s most accomplished young pianists will be performing the piece as the composer first did 125 years ago.

The performance takes place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall, on the Bryn Mawr College campus and is part of the College’s Performing Arts Series.

Admission is free for Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff. Ticket prices are $20 for the general public, $18 for senior citizens, $10 for students of other schools, and $5 for children 12 and under. Priority seating is available with $90 subscription packages ($75 packages for senior citizens). For more information and tickets visit Brown Paper Tickets, call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210 or visit www.brynmawr.edu/arts.

“Of all Brahms’s orchestral works it is one in which the balance between structural control and expressiveness is most perfectly maintained,” Andrew Clements, The Guardian.

When Brahms completed his Fourth Symphony in 1885, the year Bryn Mawr was founded, it was first performed by the composer and another musician on two pianos at a private gathering. Pianists Ran Dank and Vassilis Varvaresos, both Young Concert Artists International Auditions winners who have performed with symphonies around the world, will perform the same version as part of the College’s anniversary celebration.

(See video of Dank and Varvaresos below)

The evening’s program will be rounded out with Brahms’ waltzes.

Dank and Varvaresos recently collaborated as members of Fourtissimo, in which they joined two other up-and-coming piano soloists. The duo played with “fleet-fingered control” when sharing the stage, wrote Rorianne Schrade for the New York Concert Review.

About the Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series

Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a nonprofit  dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series is uniquely positioned as a regional dance presenter. The series includes two dance performances each season as well as evenings of world music, classical music and theater. The series’ roster has included performances by Lucy Guerin Inc., Yin Mei, India Jazz Suites, Sean Curran Company, Garth Fagan Dance, Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, Heidi Latsky Dance, Urban Bush Women, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

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