Critically acclaimed pianist Laura Kargul will perform two masterpieces from the Romantic piano sonata literature at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The program will open with Schubert’s Sonata in B-Flat Major and will close with Chopin’s Sonata in B Minor.
Kargul said she chose those works “because they so fully embody the mature styles of Schubert and Chopin, two composers with whom I feel an extremely strong connection. These are their last sonatas and were written within only 16 years of each other. But Schubert and Chopin are so vastly different in character, culture and their use of musical language that these works seem worlds apart.”
The piano on which she will perform is the museum’s historic 1886 Bechstein, the piano of choice of Franz Liszt. Kargul is one of the few living pianists ever to perform on Liszt’s own Bechstein in the Liszt Museum at Weimar, Germany. The purchase of the museum’s Bechstein in 2008 was made possible through the generosity of Eunice Michaud of Springvale.
Kargul, who has been director of the keyboard program at the University of Southern Maine since 1989, has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Her solo performances have been greeted with critical acclaim in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, The Schleswig-Holstein and Nordhessen Music Festivals in Germany, the Evian Music Festival in France, and the Lesvos Arts Festival in Greece.
Admission is $15 for adults and seniors. There is no charge for persons 21 and under. Tickets can be purchased the evening of the concert or reserved by calling 324 2797. The museum, at 505 Main St. in Springvale, is handicapped accessible.
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