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The Art of the Piano: Marilyn Lerner: Dreams and Reveries

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Saturday December 14 2019 at 8 pm
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Marilyn Lerner solo piano improvisations


Recent press review, Weimar Germany, solo concert, July 23, 2019, Thueringer Allgemeine Newspaper

The Sound-Magician on the Piano, between Classical, Klezmer and Jazz, Yiddish Summer Weimar: The Canadian Pianist, Marilyn Lerner fascinated the audience with her solo concert at Mon Ami

By Christiane Weber

Weimar: Already the very first bars electrified the audience. With Marilyn Lerner we have an exceptional pianist at the Boesendorfer grand on the stage of Mon Ami. The solo piano evening, “Romanian Fantasy,” named after her CD from 2016, started off the Yiddish Summer Weimar restrained and unpretentiously. She seemed to be listening to the piano itself, with cascading arpeggios. Developed, formed, thickened. She was in Weimar 18 years ago, Alan Bern, the artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar remembers as he greeted the audience of the well-attended large Mon Ami hall.

He thanked the funders of the Yiddish Summer Weimar, especially the City of Weimar, The State of Thueringen and the the Federal Cultural Funders, without whom this event would be unthinkable. Heartfelt thanks were also given to the volunteers and helpers of the Yiddish Summer Weimar.

It was thus a treat to be able to hear again the pianist, composer and arranger. She led the auditorium through a fascinating sound-journey. Freely formed improvisations on East European Jewish melodies were at once creative, full of ideas and inventive.

In spite of the size of the hall, thanks should be given to the refined lighting, which helped make the concert almost intimate.

The sound magician coaxed out of the piano such a multitiude of sounds and complex spectrum of expressions, that the 90-minute range was never taxed. It seemed almost as if, when the applause came after each piece, that it could be a disturbance to her intensive dedication to the music. Almost as if it diminished the magic of the sounds, the tone and the music.

The intensity transferred to the audience. They listened curiously and with enchantment. The cultural city’s 60th year of Master Classes at the Franz Liszt Academy is certainly not suffering a dearth of excellent pianists.

Lerner’s sounds developed a poetry that held till the last chord. The pianist, who is classicaly trained, wove together in her rhythmically clear sound-structures classical, jazz and klezmer and melted the borders between the styles. Listening again to her brought joy. The ending applause was correspondingly long and heartfelt.
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