The Piano, Front and Center

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This week's Young Artists Showcase brings together four young pianists who have each appeared on the show before. The most recent — and the youngest — is 16-year-old Michael Davidman, who recently won the inaugural Kaufman Center Young Artists Auditions. In that appearance, Davidman told host Bob Sherman that he especially loves opera music. It shows in his performance of Liszt’s Rigoletto Paraphrase. Next, is chamber music from Tanya Bannister, who first appeared on Young Artists Showcase as a Concert Artists Guild Auditions winner 10 years ago.

Wrapping up the program are three fine performances from the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artist Series at Ossining Public Library. The first two are by pianist Yen-Yu Cheng, performing Schumann’s Opus 1 and a Ballade by Chopin. The finale is the Sonata No. 7 by Prokofiev, performed Larry Weng. When the same pianist performed this piece at Carnegie Hall a few years back, The New York Times praised his "steely power and incisive rhythm."

Program details:

Liszt: Rigoletto Paraphrase
— Michael Davidman, piano.

Schubert: Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F, D. 487
— Tanya Bannister, piano; Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin; Max Mandel, viola; Roman Ramakrishnan, cello.

Schumann: Abegg Variations, Op.1
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat, Op 47
— Yen-Yu Chen, piano.

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Maj, Op 83
— Larry Weng, piano.