Join us for Weekly Wednesday No.12 with pianist José Menor.
Tickets: $15.00 Online / $20.00 At The Door
Duration: 65 min (No Intermission). Doors@7:30 pm.
Granados & Goya: A World of Love and Death
A Commemoration of Granados' 100 Years
GRANADOS/JOSE MENOR: Reverie-Improvisation (after a piano-roll by the composer)
Goyescas: Los Majos Enamorados (The Gallants in Love)
Los requiebros (The Compliments)
Coloquio en la reja (Conversation at the Window)
El fandango de candil (Fandango by Candlelight)
Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor (Complaint, or the Girl and the Nightingale)
El Amor y la muerte (Balada) (Ballad of Love and Death)
Epilogo: Serenata del espectro (Epilogue: Serenade of the Spectre)
El Pelele (Escena Goyesca)
“Pianistically extraordinary” – Martha Argerich
“A multifaceted and incredibly talented pianist and composer” – Gabriela Montero
José Menor is an artist who defies labels. Recognized as “the great ambassador of Spanish music” (Melómano
Magazine) and as a “revolutionary of his instrument” (Hèctor Parra), he is both an acclaimed interpreter of core piano repertoire, and a sought-after performer of new music. His solo recital at Carnegie Hall in March 2016 received a standing ovation and was declared “impassioned and eloquent” by New York Classical Review, and his recording of the complete solo piano works of Joan Guinjoan was awarded four stars by Fono Forum Magazine.
2016 sees him on a worldwide tour to commemorate Granados’ 100th anniversary, as the Resident Pianist in Granados’ birthplace (Lleida). There he opened the celebrations with a televised performance of Granados’ complete ‘Goyescas’. The tour continued to Carnegie Hall, ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival in China and the ‘Martha Argerich Project’ in Switzerland. He has forthcoming performances at St John’s Smith Square, London as well as in Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.
José is established as a prime interpreter of contemporary piano. He has premiered works by major composers including Hèctor Parra, Joan Guinjoan and Benet Casablancas. Recently he performed Parra’s complete solo piano works at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele in Germany and Barcelona’s Palau de la Música. As composer himself, he has premiered works for piano and electronics in collaboration with video artist Francesc Martí (RMSOnce). Forthcoming engagements include new works by José, and the London-based composer Sam Hayden, in New York City, Madrid and London.
José’s performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) of Albéniz’s ‘Concierto Fantástico’ was highly acclaimed by the international press, and launched premieres across the world. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with orchestras including the Wuhan Philharmonic (China); Montevideo Philharmonic( Uruguay); Redlands Symphony (USA); Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz Philharmonics (Poland); Sinfónica de Xalapa (México), amongst others; and major Spanish orchestras including RTVE in Madrid; OBC in Barcelona; and Simfònica del Vallès. As a recitalist, he has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall (London), the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), and Carnegie Hall (New York). José is also an avid chamber musician. He has collaborated with artists including Philip Setzer (Emerson Quartet), Ransom Wilson, Dai Miyata, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Francisco Fullana. His performances have been broadcast in America (CNN, WXEL, WWFM) London (BBC Radio 3), Germany (SWR2), Spain (TVE, RNE, Catalunya Música) and across Europe, as well as in Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan.