2012-05-03 / About Town

URI pianist will play last concert of season

Pianist Manabu Takasawa will return to Jamestown on Sunday, May 13, for the final concert of the Jamestown Community Piano Association’s 2011-12 season. The piano recital begins at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Takasawa will open his program with six intros from Claude Debussy’s “PrĂ©ludes.” Debussy filled the preludes with rich, unusual and daring harmonies. He placed the title at the end of each prelude because he wanted listeners to respond intuitively and not with preconceived notions.

He will then play two pieces by Amy Beach – one from 1921 and one from 1892. The works were chosen to honor the 100th anniversary of the Jamestown Historical Society.

“I could not find a suitable piece composed in 1912,” Takasawa said, “so I chose these two beautiful works that bracket the society’s anniversary year.”

The concert will conclude with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 35. These 15 variations and fugue are commonly known as the “Eroica Variations,” because the same theme appeared in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica composed the following year.

Takasawa is an associate professor of music and co-director of piano graduate studies at the University of Rhode Island. He was born in Niigata, Japan, and came to the United States to further his musical training. He made his solo recital debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in 1992.

For more information, call 423- 0515.

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