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    Community Conversations Presents Classical Piano: Scenes from Childhood

    When: Tuesday, 6/29/2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Where: Online


    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC Pianist Ian Scarfe brings us a unique program of classical masterpieces that connect with our memories and specifically the nostalgia of childhood. He will perform a variety of classical and romantic works for piano.

    The centerpiece of this program is Robert Schumann's collection of pieces called Kinderszenen, or "Scenes from Childhood." These short, whimsical, and melodramatic works are not pieces for children, but pieces about children. It is filled with playful and melancholy miniatures that evoke a nostalgia for a more innocent time, emphasizing the joyousness and intensity of the childhood experience.

    Scarfe will also perform works by other composers that tie into his own story of learning music as a child. You will hear selections by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Edvard Grieg. Ian will provide his characteristic commentary on the music, which is always engaging, entertaining, and educational.

    Ian Scarfe is a concert pianist who has enjoyed a long career as a performer. He has toured in Europe and the United States regularly as a soloist, and as a member of several ensembles, including the Zurich Beethoven Trio and the Vinifera Trio. A well-known collaborative pianist, he has worked with hundreds of wonderful musicians from around the world. He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, now in its 10th season, and runs several Bay Area concert series.

    He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he currently teaches, and is also faculty and guest artist of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and Festival Rolland in Burgundy, France.

    Ian balances an impressive career as an impresario, organizing over a hundred concerts around the world each year. This has continued during the pandemic crisis, as Ian has worked hard to refocus his musical career on recording and broadcasting music. He currently presents an incredible variety of musicians and musical programs for online programming, both publicly through his Trinity Alps Festival, and privately, for numerous organizations, music clubs and even Zoom birthday parties. You can find his recordings online on YouTube or at his website, www.ianscarfe.com and learn more about his upcoming events at www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org.

    The program is free but requires registration to get the Zoom link.

    This program is underwritten by Tanya Geyman, Betty Cohen and Bett Martinez. Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos, as well as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.


    Tuesday, June 29
    1:00–2:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    Free with registration
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]


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