The Sanctuary Series presents a unique performance by “The Sonicals” piano duo featuring George Lopez and Joel A. Martin in the Sanctuary of the South Salem Presbyterian Church at 4 PM. The program will include works by Rachmaninoff, Bach, Chopin and Schumann.
Since meeting in 2016 as faculty members at Sonata Camp in VT and collaborating in an impromptu concert where there were two pianos, but no Piano Duo music, Lopez and Martin have been reinventing music for two pianos with informed improvisation that redefines the chamber music experience.
Lopez, who was born in Brooklyn to Mayan parents, and raised in Belize, studied piano in Amsterdam and Paris and has been featured across the globe as recitalist and soloist with orchestra, and collaborated with ensembles including the Emerson String Quartet. Currently, he is artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Maine.
At 17, Joel Martin was the youngest pianist ever, and the first African American, to compete in the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, including the NY Philharmonic. The creator of Jazzical®, a marriage of classical and jazz, Martin has collaborated with and/or written music for Grammy® Award-winners Kathleen Battle, Fergie, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and cellist Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort.
Now in its sixth season, The Sanctuary Series remains committed to presenting “extraordinary keyboard recitals in the pastoral setting of northern Westchester’s historic South Salem Hamlet.” The spring will also feature Lithuanian pianist-composer, Andrius Žlabys (April 28) and Korean pianist, Ko-Eun Yi (May 12). All concerts are followed by an artist reception.
South Salem Presbyterian Church is at 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. Tickets begin at $25 ($15 students) for general admission in advance and can be purchased on the Series website www.thesanctuaryseries.org. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914 763 5402. Visit the series on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/thesanctuaryseries and follow on Twitter @Pianosanctuary.
PHOTO: “The Sonicals” Joel A. Martin (L) George Lopez (R)
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