Salon Series Continues Friday at the Parrish

Soyeon Lee.
Soyeon Lee.
Soyeon Lee.

The Parrish Art Museum’s Fall 2015 Salon Series, featuring concerts by young, award-winning classical pianists performing in an intimate setting, presents Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, who has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, on Friday, October 9, 6 p.m. Ms.

Lee’s program spans nearly 150 years of Western music, from a sonata by German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms composed in 1852 to preludes written in 1999 by Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach. Attendees at Salon Series concerts have the opportunity to meet the pianist, who will offer insightful information about her program before and throughout the concerts.

“Salon Series offers a casual environment to experience and enjoy classical and contemporary music by master musicians,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan. “In fitting with the Museum’s mission to illuminate the creative process, Salon Series performers engage in a dialogue with the audience, talking about their approach to interpretation and program selection.”

The program begins with the late Brahms’ work, Intermezzo in A Major, Op.118 No.2, published when the composer was 60. Thelush, lyrical piece is contrasted by the four-movement, technically demanding Sonata No.2 in F-sharp minor, Op.2, composed by a young Brahms at the age of 19. Next is the virtuosic Fantasy in b minor, Op.28, by the innovative, controversial early modern Russian composer Alexander Scriabin.

Ms. Lee begins the second half of her program with four of the 24 Preludes, Op.41, by Auerbach (b. 1973), who has stated, “The special character of the pieces lies in regarding familiar things from an unexpected perspective and discovering that these things are not what they may seem to be at first glance.”