The Spiritual Music of the Great Composers

By

Peter Simon, Concert Pianist

 

PROGRAM

 

Two Organ Chorale Preludes, transcribed for Piano by Busoni
Awake, the Voice Commands

In Thee There is Joy
 

 J.S. Bach
The Blessings of God in Solitude


Franz Liszt
Sonata for Piano
First Movt: Maestoso ed Energico

Ernest Bloch
Sonata No. 2
Third Movt: Marche Funebre
 
Frederic Chopin
Sonata in B-flat Major
Second Movt: Antante Sostenuto
 
Franz Schubert
Sonata No. 32, Op. 111
Second Movt: Arietta
 
Ludwig von Beethoven
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire


J.S. Bach



ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Peter Simon has established himself as one of America’s finest musicians and most distinctive and versatile musical personalities. In reaching the heights of his profession, he has accomplished the rare artistic feat of generating both critical acclaim and widespread audience enthusiasm.  His professional career has taken him around the world, including performances throughout Europe, Asia, Israel and New Zealand.  Mr. Simon has also performed hundreds of concerts in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. 

A native of Denver, Colorado, Mr. Simon has had a multi-faceted career. Besides being a concert pianist performing in concert halls, embassies and cruise ships, he has been a university professor, artistic director of a music festival, an actor, truck driver, banker and professional drummer.   He has toured with his son in the popular piano duo “Simon & Son,” a pianist/actor in his one-man play “Franz Liszt Live!” and a pianist/orator  in “The Music & Poetry of Love.”   Mr. Simon has degrees in both Philosophy and Music and has been featured on two public television specials: “Profiles & Performances” and “Culture in the Country” as well as his own three-part television series “Peter Simon & Friends.”  Mr. Simon has a firm belief that classical music is meant for everyone regardless of age or background, and devotes much of his time performing outreach programs for numerous school districts as well as being a guest speaker on the Importance of the Arts in Education & Everyday Life for various civic and social organizations.   He is married to an award-winning painter, Susan Miller Simon.


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